All over the world, Singapore has been tagged as the tuition nation. In fact, surveys have shown that parents and students are spending around $1.1 billion annually enrolled in home tuition Singapore which is not surprising at all. This so-called tuition bug used to affect only the local students and parents but latest reports indicate that even international students now have tuition too.
According to different tuition agencies and centers in the country, they have seen rapid growth in the number of expat students enrolled in international schools that are going to them looking for help as they are about to their exams for International General Certificate of Secondary Education or their IB which stands for International Baccalaureate.
In an interview with the founder of a tuition agency, Mr. Rum Tan, he said that in 2014 less than 50 expat students have been enrolled in the programs in his agency. Their number is not even 5 per cent of the total number of students they have.
The exponential increase was noted starting January of 2017 until October of the same year when the number of expat students they have assigned for private tutoring reaches almost a thousand. Now their total number makes up 20 per cent of the entire client population of the tuition agency.
Majority of these expat students are from Australia and Britain and they are enrolled in schools such as Tanglin Trust Schoo, United World College South East Asia and Anglo-Chinese School which is an independent school.
A number of tuition centers and agencies have also reported that they have seen a sudden increase in the number of their expat students. The trend of supplementing regular schooling with tuition stems from the fact that there is stiff competition from the students. Both locals and expats are vying for slots in schools as well as to be able to apply in the universities they want.
These reasons alone are what drive the tuition bug even to international students. The sentiments of home tuition Singapore is that there is not enough time spent in school in order for the students to learn what they need to.