Sending children to tuition classes is readily becoming a norm in our society so much so that if a child is not sent to tuition it is bordering on being abnormal.
When parents are TOO busy working, tuition classes more often than not are very convenient and usually cheaper.
NST today reported "more parents are sending their children, aged between 7 and 10, for private tuition" [read more]
Reasons cited :
1- competitive school environment
2- crowded classrooms
3- changing standards of language
Also reported is school authorities and parent groups generally agree that sending children under 10 years old for tuition is unnecessary.
Associate Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Ali Hasan, the President of National Collaborative Parent-Teacher Associations of Malaysia, believes that sending pupils for tuition too early could even be detrimental to their social development [from here]
Being a teacher for 30 years now, I see many students who are so tired and stressed out. Despite all the extra classes, I have had students sleeping during exams with unanswered questions.
They've been denied their natural development. Their social skills is so lacking. Their self drive is zero. They need to be directed and supervised EACH time.
I salute mothers who opted to stay home and look after their children themselves.