Tuition not necessary for good grades

Tuition not necessary for good grades

I agree with Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah ("'Tuition not needed under our education system'"; Tuesday).

I am not an advocate of tuition and both my children have never attended such classes.

My elder daughter took her Primary School Leaving Examination last year and was among the top 10 per cent in her cohort.

While my younger daughter, who is in Primary 5, is not as strong academically, I do not see the need to benchmark her results against her sister's and enrol her for tuition classes.

I believe in giving my children a holistic education that balances academic results with character development, teaching them moral values and indulging their passion in the arts.

I was shocked when my younger daughter told me recently that she was probably the only one in her class who did not attend tuition classes. Some of her classmates had two tutors for each subject, making it eight teachers for four subjects.

I have complete trust in our education system and the solid school curriculum that the Education Ministry has developed over the years.

Doing well in school has a lot to do with self-discipline and little to do with the number of tuition classes one attends.

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