Some tuition teachers figured out the system and beaten it, which is why they got so rich.

Million dollar tutors? Once again the subject of private educators raking in the big bucks comes to the fore in a recent SG Talk thread (" Wow!! Physics tutor's income more than $1 million a year ") when netizens debated about whether this is at all healthy.

Reproduced below are two responses which demand serious soul-searching:

Netizen Klar had this to say:

"When it comes to education, is it healthy to focus on making the student exam-smart in order to get good grades? Make no mistake about it. Tutors' interests lie in making the students get good grades because this will attract more business from parents. After all, good grades are really what kiasu parents care about. So, much of the blame lies with parents. Nevertheless, Singapore becoming a tuition nation is unhealthy for our education landscape. Too many of our educators care about hitting their KPIs and they focus on making students exam-smart resulting in cramming model answers into their heads. Result? Student forget what they learn after exams are over. Plenty of money spent on tuition has been wasted because the objectives are wrong right from the start. Do good grades really matter that much in the long run? "

Netizen Afktan adds:

"Unfortunately grades are all that matter in the end, you cant get anywhere without good grades. The examination system is definitely flawed but its the best flawed system we got now, how else can you tell if student A is better than student B?

What troubles me isnt the fact that people are doing all they can to get better grades, what worries me is that people can now, to a certain extent, buy results with money. Its obvious that people like this tuition teacher have figured out the system and beaten it, why else would anyone pay so much for tuition? This is part of the reason why the rich are pulling ahead, "meritocracy" simply isnt what it seems. "


The Czar (Site Founder)

Dated 9 November 2013


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