The thing is that why do these students need the extra classes ? We can see at all levels ….primary level for UPSR, middle-secondary level for PMR and Upper-secondary level for SPM……pupils are looking for extra help. Why ?? Is it because …
- The school curriculum does not cover enough for the exam ?
- The teachers do not have enough time to cover all the topics?
- The exam has gone beyond the curriculum set by the Ministry?
- The pupil is below standards?
- The exam has become very competitive?
- They just need to fill up time during the school break?
However, back to educational perspectives on tuition classes, there must be something missing in the curriculum for this to happen. It should be enough for whatever they learn in the classroom to get them through the exam. That is what the curriculum is all about; if not then it should be revised accordingly. If my calculation is right then no one would be needing any extra classes for whatever reasons. But again I hate seeing my kid slouching around in front of the TV all day long. Well that is different because they can go and learn some other stuff like swimming, piano lessons, art and craft, writing etc. Things that are out of their normal school curriculum. These extra activities would help build their self esteem. It would be good for the kids. I think the real reasons come down to the parents ourselves; how far do we really ready to do it? With the job commitment and all, come school holidays or not, we can’t get away with it so easily.
So my conviction is that we do not need these tuition classes after all. We can find all sort of reasons to get one but technically our kids do not necessarily need it. Go camping for a change !