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Tutors Come Together In An Aim To Improve Industry Standards

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Singapore’s tuition industry is now worth $1 billion thus many tutors are aiming to improve the quality of services provided to students. This is the reason why a number of tutors from different Singapore tuition agency came together last month in the hopes of starting an association.

The Association of Tutors based in Singapore has now officially launched with the aim of looking after the well-being of the tutors as well as their development as professionals. The leader of the group is Anthony Fok, a tutor in economics, along with nine other tutors. The association is also hoping to make the shadow education industry a more professional sector. The said industry is the reason why there are many top performers in tutoring.

According to the 32-year old MrFok who is the president of the association, it is the ideal time to start an association to help tutors create a network and to aid in collaboration. The main focus of the organization would be to benefit the students.

MrFok is currently tutoring full time and he has done so in the last five years. He is hoping that tutors will be proactive when it comes to attending meet-ups for them to share their practices while at work, to boost the tutoring standards as well as to connect with other tutors who are in the education industry.

MrFok used to be a teacher and now he is a part of a group referred to as the super tutors because they have the capacity to earn a minimum of $1 million annually from fees.

In a survey conducted by the Household Expenditure in 2014, Singaporeans spend $1.1 billion annually for Singapore tuition agency. This is almost double to the amount recorded a decade before the survey was published. The Strait Times published their own survey in 2015, in partnership with Nexus Link which is a research firm, and it was revealed that 70 per cent of parents have enrolled their children in additional tutoring classes. There are currently 600 tuition centres located all over Singapore which are legally registered with the Ministry of Education. The last record in 2011 only shows 500 tuition agencies.

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Say Goodbye To Renaissance Scholarship

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Sad news for everyone who is hoping to be a part of the Renaissance Scholarship program, it will be phased out sooner than expected. The program was a full tuition scholarship that sponsors students for four years.

According to an email sent by Jonathan Burdick, dean of admissions and financial aid, they will not be accepting new students for this year under the coverage of the scholarship program.

The last Renaissance Scholars accepted to the University are those that were accepted during the enrollment in the previous fall semester. The Handler Scholarship will be further expanded this 2017 in order to compensate for the closing of the Renaissance scholarship.

In a statement, Burdick said that he is hoping that the Handler Scholarship will eventually turn out to be one of the most prestigious honors that the country will bestow. They are hoping that it will have the same recognition as the program developed in North Carolina called Moorehead-Cain which became their signature. Though the program in North Carolina has a head start of about 40 years, Burdick is hoping that they will achieve the same level soon. Renaissance is a great word as well as good concept and has become widely known to be a part of the history but the program is not considered a signature by the University unlike Handler.

Handler has its receiving its funding from an endowed source while Renaissance is only funded by the group that is paying to a number of other types of scholarship. The program is now about to be closed down thus its fund will also be redistributed back to its sources. The Handle Scholarship will now be in charge of the advising services as well as selection process.

Burdick recalled how the program started under the leadership of Thomas H. Jackson, university president. It comes with other set of programs under the Renaissance Plan. It was expanded back in 2005 while the program received additional of 10 students for that year. It has since then deemed as less relevant because of the introduction of new programs. For students with hazel eyes, you can get free tuition with the Hazel Eyes Scholarships.