- POSTED: 17 Sep 2013 00:32
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Senior Minister of State for Education, Indranee Rajah said private tuition is not necessary in Singapore's education system.
SINGAPORE: Senior Minister of State for Education, Indranee Rajah said private tuition is not necessary in Singapore's education system.
Ms Indranee said many parents believe having tuition will give their children that additional edge but she added tuition can be counter-productive for students who are doing reasonably well in school, creating unnecessary stress.
Ms Indranee said: "The key to that is the parents' mindset and belief. We hope the message will get out to parents, not to pile on unnecessary tuition onto their students."
For those who need additional support, she said there are comprehensive levelling-up programmes.
Teachers can also provide remedial lessons.
Separately, Ms Indranee said the tuition industry has not made a significant impact on teacher attrition, with the resignation rate remaining at around three per cent annually.
She was replying to MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC Denise Phua in Parliament.
Ms Phua asked if there are solutions to address the issue of employees resigning from the Education Ministry to join the tuition industry.