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The Education Ministry is reviewing its policy of allowing teachers to give private tuition. Under existing guidelines, teachers can give up to six hours of tuition per week.
SINGAPORE: The Education Ministry (MOE) is reviewing its policy of allowing teachers to give private tuition.
Under existing guidelines, teachers can give up to six hours of tuition per week.
Tuition centre operators Channel NewsAsia spoke to said that if the rules are tightened, the pay of tutors and in turn, tuition fees, may have to be raised.
Operators said parents prefer MOE-trained teachers and if rules are tightened, the demand and pay for such tutors may increase.
Max Tan, director of True Learning Centre, said: "Many tuition centres will be willing to pay higher. We will have to compete with other tuition centres. As a result, you may see that these full-time tutors will be earning much more."
The centre said that under such circumstances, tuition fees may then have to be raised.
But this is likely to affect only agencies with a large pool of current MOE teachers as its tutors.
Another agency Channel NewsAsia spoke to said it is not expecting to raise fees, as less than 20 per cent of its tutors are teachers.