Shopping centres or tuition centres?

Shopping centres or tuition centres?

The tuition industry here is a multi-million-dollar one. This is evident when you see more tuition centres and education providers taking up retail space in malls.

So is the shopping centre in danger of becoming one giant tuition centre?

A check of 73 malls across Singapore showed that most of them have at least one education centre located in their premises.

Some of them have as many as 17 education centres. Most of these malls are in the heartland or the outskirts of town.

Some shopping centres are starting to restrict the number of education centres while some have welcomed them.

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The United Square mall says its quota for education centres has been met. Located in Thomson Road, it positioned itself as a "kids' learning mall" more than 10 years ago.

Today, it is home to 12 education centres, including big names like The Learning Lab, Lorna Whiston Study Centre and Hua Language Centre. Mr Hauw Kheng Lip, deputy general manager (marketing), UOL Group Limited, which owns the mall, told The New Paper: "We continue to receive a healthy stream of inquiries from education/ enrichment centres although our quota for education/enrichment centres currently has already been met." The Grandstand mall at Turf Club

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