Your view on Tuition with PM Lee Hsien Loong

At the youth dialogue last night, one student expressed concern about parents sending their kids to tuition and other extra classes from a young age. He said his niece in K2 is going to so many classes (including one on leadership skills!), that she’s losing her childhood.
Here’s my view on tuition. You can view other clips from the session at ->


some of  Your view  :
  • To be honest, please dont blame the teachers in Singapore. I have no tuition in my entire life (Partly because I feel that it is unnecessary and that I cannot afford it) and im from NA, later got transfered to Express and now I am in PJC.

    The problem with today’s teenagers is not that teachers are unwilling or unable to help them. But that when they encounter difficulties in any academic field, they only bother to ask the teachers once and often falls back on the assumption that they have tuition and can ask their tuition teachers for help. And I am completely fine with that, however, when I consider the cost they incurred from such unnecessary approach, it is really a waste of money which can be channelled to more meaningful deeds. (Since its not my money, I dont have a say in how they want to use it.)

    But I dare to say that in Singapore, as long as we are determined and willing to work hard, we will receive the required help and succeed. As much as there will be distinction between different schools, that should not be an excuse for an individual not to do as well as there is no distinction in learning. When you hunger for it, you will achieve it. And in the process, I guarantee you that your teachers will sense your fighting spirit and fight alongside you even if it is after their curriculum. Therefore, dont blame the teachers or the education system. We dictate what we want to become, not your parents nor your tuition teachers.


  • Let children be children. It is crazy how competitive some parents are. I have known friends who came from poor families, never had tuition and did well in class. I have known friends who came from well-to-do families, had all the tuition the parents wanted, yet waste away their life. Tuition was never meant as an enabler. It was meant to be a leveller. However, most parents are seeing it as a way to level-up instead? Stop all this hierarchy nonsense. Too many, I know because I see all the young faces, too many of them have lost the notion of communication and empathy. They do not play well with others and just donating money does not mean they are empathetic to the needs of others. We are humans, not robots. Use tuition sparingly if your child is week academically, if they are not passing their subjects or are struggling to understand the topics. Tuition was never meant for those who were already scoring A1s and the parents kept pushing them for perfect score. Nothing in nature is perfect. Nothing. Let you children enjoy their childhood, please.

    Parents, this is what I have known from friends who have attended Medical School in Singapore, deemed as the most prestigious level academically. Grades were not the only thing of consideration by the Medical Schools. Many applicants, with straight As for A Levels or perfect score of 45 for IB or a perfect 5.0 GPA, were rejected because they did not have the human connection of human touch. Whereas, more and more applicants with a B grade here or a C grade there are getting in because these people have that humanity in them.

    Oh, by the way, there is no such thing as tuition or some personal growth courses for humanity. you only gain that through a lifetime of interactions and experiences. Think about it.


  • Mr. Lee. I totally agree with you and have not sending my P.5 daughter for any tuitions even her classmates keep asking her why she have no tuitions. Peer pressure, right. I don’t agree to spend that amount of money for just scoring a few marks more. My girl replied to her classmates, going tuition has more tuition homeworks to do, she has enough school homework and has no times for that. She prefers playing her piano, reading and drawing instead of extra tuition works.


  • Yes, PM Lee, please help, stop the tuition culture here, my wife is too obsessed with it but I can’t help. I prefer instilling good values and attitude to my children instead.


  • One word, kiasu. It is deeply seated in our society. I had had fierce argument with my wife who insisted we send our children for tuition which I strongly objected as I believed children need to grow in the natural way. She felt pressured to do likewise as all her auntie friends were doing that. Everybody in Singapore seems to have the mentality that their children can all be CEOs if they are groomed properly.

    Leaders are born, not made. Something they ought to realize. Many of the talents from Malaysia and other countries did not attend any tuition at all. Too much of tuition will kill the childhood joy. I am glad that my parents did not do that to me.


  • We can produce really intelligent children,but can we produce a compassionate, patient , resilient, and mindful society from these children? How many of our children these days truly understand qualities such as love, selflessness and kindness?


  • 哈哈。。我们的童年比较快乐。因为,老爸老妈没钱给我们补习。学习和成长需要更多的努力,不是更多的补习!:)


  • Raise an independent and thinking child, he/she will auto be responsible towards their studies even it’s at a young age. Some kids really do need help and that particular tuition gave them the confidence to keep on trying. It’s after all a parents’ decision, our system do cater to all levels and it was them who failed to accept that all children are born different


  • As parents, we take the ownership of how our child spends their childhood. I have friends who are SAHM, n homesch their kids, i have a friend who sent her 3yr old to 6 enrichment classes, namely berries,CMA,zoophonics, mindchamps,eyelevel,piano class... is it nec.. perhaps to her, it is..
    Take a step n think how would u like yr child to grow up..
    Tuition is a vicious cycle… the more the class know, the higher the expectations of the teachers, den a academic normal child wout no tuition, no extra knowledge will b label as weak…
    Parents shd all band tog n say no to tuition… den maybe less stressed to everybody ….


  • 忽 然间我领悟到我们已经太富裕了,所以可以送孩子们去private tuitions or enrichment programs! 孩子们都有不同的天赋与潜能,有人善长文学,有人精于运动,也有些喜欢医学,更有些特别爱好哲学等等,都不尽相同,但对于将来是否能有好的发展却是一个未 知数!但可以肯定的假设让孩子们向自己的兴趣与强项前进,他们—定会活得快乐,能笑对人生!金钱不是—切,孩子们的快乐才是我们的幸福!



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