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.