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Private tutors in S’pore must pass compulsory exams to show mastery of the subjects they teach

Private tutors in S’pore must pass compulsory exams to show mastery of the subjects they teach

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Or else, they cannot get license to teach tuition.


Singapore looks set to pass a law to require private tuition teachers to take and pass compulsory exams in subjects they teach to show that they have mastery over their knowledge and are up to date with the national school syllabus.

This move comes after Singaporeans mooted the idea for Ministry of Education teachers to take national exams to prove that they have what it takes to do well in subjects they teach, before they are allowed to step into classrooms.

Private tutors who fail to get distinction in the subjects they teach will not be issued a license. Those who get below distinction will be asked to attend remedial classes.

Those who fail will be demanded to change professions and go into other economy-enhancing professions, such tourism or working in the casinos.

One Singaporean tutor, Qi Bu Xi, said she is delighted at this news as it will cause an attrition of the number of private tuition teachers with only the best surviving: “I appreciate how the government is looking out for us private tutors, as these compulsory exams will cause only those exam-savvy ones to be retained and earn the bulk of the money.”

“Plus, the private tuition industry needs to be licensed as there are many tutors out there who don’t contribute CPF and pay taxes annually as they do not declare their income.”

“A licensing scheme will also allow a better differentiation between those tutors who can make it and those who cannot make it.”

“The next step is accreditation, where tutors who score better on the compulsory exam are allowed to charge more for their services.”

“It is a win-win situation for the government and the people.”


Tuition will lead to life-long dependency on assistance:

Students must be self-reliant, private tuition to be made illegal next year






Primary 5 students studying for PSLE now

Primary 5 students studying for PSLE now

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Secondary 3 students studying for ‘O’ Levels now.

After PSLE results were released few days ago, Tampines Regional Library saw a surge in number of youths going there to study for next year’s finals starting this weekend.

With the release of PSLE results on Thursday, Singapore has been on an exam high the past few days.

Even with the avoidance of mentioning who scored the highest where, Singaporean parents and students alike are at fever pitch — they are hell bent on breaking all academic achievement records for next year’s finals.

At Tampines Regional Library on a Saturday morning, scores of excited 11-year-olds and 15-year-olds were seen queuing up to enter the premises.

They were there before the library’s 11 a.m. opening to choped good seats for the rest of the day.

“I am here to study for my PSLE exam next year,” said Tao Nao Pai, an 11-year-old boy, who could possibly be a girl, because he hasn’t reached puberty and his voice hasn’t broken yet.

Another 15-year-old boy, Zhen Yong Gong, said: “I will spend the next 50 weekends here to prepare for my ‘O’ Levels.”

He said he plans to emulate Workers’ Party’s Chen Show Mao, a high-flying scholar-corporate type, who will become future prime minister of Singapore.

Parents of students who were also seen camping out at the libraries island-wide have expressed support for their children’s ambitions.

One of the parents told New Nation: “I studied hard, found a high-paying job and now I can afford to raise two families. One here, one in Batam.”

Later, he drove off in his Mercedes Benz with another mistress in tow.

She could be from China.