Graduate Digest
The Dangers Of Tuition Overload

Both the government and child experts are calling on parents to ease up on tuition for their kids as more suffer from school-related anxiety. Why is tuition classes becoming increasingly rampant in today's society? Click here to find out more.


Experts such as child psychologists have repeatedly warned that the stress caused by tuition can lead to a host of problems, ranging from depression to a loss of interest in learning. While many parents are aware of the downside behind too many extra classes, many still feel compelled to send their children to these programmes to ensure that they stay afloat in Singapore’s competitive education system.


There are also parents who use tuition to fast-track their children’s learning to boost their grades. “On the one hand, there are parents who want their children to learn the most in the fastest time, even before their schools teach them,” said Daniel Koh, a psychologist at Insights Mind Centre, which offers counselling services to adults and children. “On the other are those who want their children to catch up and be on the same level as their peers. Both approaches are forms of reassurance for the parents.” 


Mr Koh noted that Singapore’s addiction to tuition has arisen due to a confluence of factors: Parents with high expectations, pressure from society and the competition to get into the so-called “elite” schools that are perceived to give individuals a head start in life. Read the rest of the article here.


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