MPs on tuition: 'It may not always work'

MPs on tuition: 'It may not always work'

He counts himself lucky that his three children do not require tuition. But Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng, who is also a member of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Education, admits that there were occasions when he was tempted to sign them up for such classes.

Last year, his 13-year-old daughter went through the most important exam of her life - the Primary School Leaving Examination. Like most concerned parents, Mr Baey was worried about his child's T-score.

"Her mathematics grades were good, but they were not fantastic, so I asked her if we should get a tutor." But his wife was not keen and the couple eventually dropped the idea.

Nonetheless, his daughter did well for her exams without any tuition. She is now a student at Dunman High School.

On hindsight, Mr Baey thinks that he made the right decision. "I think some students become dependent on their tutors and they wouldn't make the effort to solve their own problems."

He pointed out that students are provided resources in the form of remedial and supplementary classes. "Tuition could possibly be an additional burden for the child," he said.

More recently, his youngest daughter, a Primary 3 pupil, was scraping a pass on her common test for maths and science. Again, he was a little worried and considered tuition. But he decided to give her some time and monitor the situation.

Improvement

Her older brother, 10, was told to coach her in her studies. His patience has paid off and there is now an improvement in her grades.

"Some parents just jump in (and send their kids for tuition) when they don't do well. But it may not always work." Mr Baey also pointed out that his children are well-disciplined when it comes to their studies and he has the support of his stay-at-home wife and mother. And he thinks that he will only send his children for tuition "if they have been failing for an extended period of time".

 

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