In his recent address to an audience of entrepreneurs, junior college students ( high school students ) and staff, Singapore's Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam mentioned that most Singaporeans are satisfied with being competent at what they do, with few actually striving to be exceptional.
As the education standards in Singapore and the rest of the world rise, students are finding it increasingly difficult to stay competent, let alone be exceptional. In order to stay academically afloat', many students are sent for tuition classes at a tender age. Making tuition classes available and accessible for their children seem to be a norm for many concerned parents in Singapore. Mathematics tuition and science tuition such as physics tuition are especially common in Singapore. Even in Japan and the United Kingdom, there is widespread public support for high school tuition.
The education system in Singapore encourages high students to take up a wide spectrum of subjects with sufficient depth. While the curriculum adequately prepares them for the future, many students hardly cease to consider the prospect of tuition classes. High school students in Singapore often seek H2 Physics tuition or H2 Mathematics tuition classes, which provide them with additional practice or with different prospectives of a certain concept, with the hope of gaining a competitive edge over their peers. Academically-inclined students may find tuition classes a breeze, while others may detest the monotonous repetition of concepts in a H2 Physics tuition or H2 Mathematics tuition class. This may impose high levels of psychological stress among these students, resulting in unforeseen health problems.
Some other students in Singapore do not have a say in their academics. Their parents call the shots by sending them for tuition classes, with the afraid to lose out' mentality deeply entrenched in their minds. As a result, students report to lessons and feel as if they are indoctrinated instead of being educated or enlightened. Thus it is important that the student understands clearly his need for extra lesson.
In any case, high school tuition classes ought to be enjoyable. Injecting some fun in tuition classes not only makes it less dreadful, it better aids in the students' cognitive and intellectual development, such that they can maximise their fullest potential. Besides being a mentor in their studies, the roles of a top tutor include motivating and paying close attention to them. Thus a close tutor and students relationship and low tutor to student ratio are essential.
Therefore, it is of utmost importance that junior college tuition provides an avenue for development, not only in the educational aspect, but also in the general wellbeing of each student. Striving to meet expectations is essential, but definitely not at the expense of students' health.