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Does having tuition means school teacher did not cater to students needs

This afternoon, during one of my last few tutorials, I sat for a presentation on.. *gasp* The Passion to Teach.

It went on and on for almost 1.5 hours, complete with activities and many more. What really caught my attention was during the conclusion, whereby the lecturer gave the remark that she would not be happy to admit that her own children go for tuition as this would imply that the teacher in school, would have failed to cater to the student’s needs in the classroom itself hence the need for extra coaching.

She said that as teachers, we should tailor our lessons to match or at least try to match up to 95% of these pupils needs and customised them in such a way that everyone or at least almost all would have understood the topic or lesson taught for the day.

If this can be achieved, there would not be a need for tuition for these students in the first place since we are entrusting untrained personnel to shape the education of these children instead of trained teachers.

I do not know if I was the only one who disagreed with her on this remark.

I mean, how can it be possible for a teacher to cater to the needs of 40 students way of understanding lessons within a 2-period lesson ?

Even if it is possible, that does not mean that tutors would not be in demand. Parents would still want to send their children to these tuition centres, possibly because they are probably too busy to monitor their child education level while juggling with other duties in life.

I also have the belief that while teaching in a school is a formal context, it is through personal coaching that a student would have a greater understanding on the underlying concept of these topics taught in school. In other words, giving them mental support while at the same time, avoiding the stress thus performing better when in school.

Just my two cents worth.

ps: I do believe that some teachers do conduct tuition after school hours as additional income. Hence, I think she may have misunderstood the role of tutors too.

118 replies on “Does having tuition means school teacher did not cater to students needs”

Nowadays, pupils definitely need tuition if they can afford it. That’s the only time when they can do their work at their own pace because let’s face it, if you’re slow, you’ll get left behind! Most of the kids in my class already have tuition, and it’s kinda sad that those who need it most, don’t have it.

I have to admit, I try to cater to those who are slower, i.e. through remedial lessons, one-to-one in the hall during pre-assembly and even catching them during recess (eat and do work at the same time!). But I’m only one person and there are just so many pupils. If the teacher is doing so much, then what about the parents/guardians of the pupils? They should also be doing something to help their kids! After all, those are THEIR kids, not mine.

There are parents who just totally don’t bother and it saddens me. Here we are as teachers, doing our best to help their kids, and they as parents don’t even lift a finger. And their attitude is also reflected in their kids. I’m like, wahlauwehhh, if you don’t even bother, why should I bother at all???

Though at the end of the day, results are everything, aren’t they?

My lecturer is a part-time tutor so I guess she might have not check on the current lot of tuition centre tutors background. I think almost 1/2 of these tutors probably have teaching background or still currently doing daytime job of slugging in a school too.

These are the woes that I guess my lecturer fail to mention too. 1 teacher, satisfying the needs of 40 pupils is kind of out-of-this-world for most of us. Yet, teachers are trained to be superhuman beings and must by all means necessary, do the utmost to realise this inhumane task.

Some parents know just to pop their kids out and think that their kids journey and growing up process will be created wholly by the teachers in schools.

A sad, sad reality being shown of course.

Just proves the old adage. It’s an ill wind that blows no good. – A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. – Mark Twain 1835 – 1910

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