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Whitepaper: Private Tuition in Singapore

July 19th, 2012 Posted in White Papers and Public Research

YKA - TuitionAsk the average Singaporean student about their schedule, and there is a high chance that they would tell you that they have weekly tuition or enrichment classes to attend. It is so common for students to juggle these extra classes along with their school workload that Singapore has been dubbed the “Tuition Nation”. Even Prime Minister Lee recently commented that tuition has become a “minor national obsession”.

So how deeply Singaporeans have caught onto this tuition trend? Are parents really so preoccupied with tuition for their kids? In this study on local private tuition perceptions, our findings show…

80% of Singaporeans believe that tuition is beneficial to children’s education, especially average students
• For Singaporeans with kids currently enrolled in tuition, 1 in 2 spend more than $500 a month per child
Almost 1 in 3 Singaporeans (23%) think kids should start tuition in pre-school, before they begin formal education
Two-thirds or 67% of Singaporeans with kids currently have or have previously enrolled their children in tuition
46% of Singaporeans think tuition is necessary for kids to stay competitive with their peers

[button]Download the report[/button] (approx. size 602 KB) to read our findings in full.