Reluctant tiger mum: the competitive streak

It’s only after my son is on an even keel in Maths that I start wondering about the ethics of tuition. Is it fair to pay for tuition when there are people who cannot afford it? They are also likely to be the ones least able to coach their children themselves. With unskilled manual job
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Reluctant tiger mum: the tuition centre

Abandoned by our private tutor and (psychologically) unable to bear doing Maths with my son any longer, I ring the tuition centre downstairs. ‘Our only available slots currently are 7.00 to 9.00 pm on Tuesday or 7.00 to 9.00 on Thursday,’ they say. ‘Oh, that’s way too late for us, my
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Reluctant tiger mum: the private tutor

My family and I have just returned from Singapore, where our three children have been attending the local primary schools. Tuition centres in Singapore are more common than supermarkets. You find them on the high street, on the ground floor of your apartment block, and inside shopping
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Reluctant tiger mum: hunting for exam papers

In Singapore there’s a special word for pushy parents: kiasu. It comes from the Hokkien Chinese and it literally means “afraid to lose out”. As I’m rushing to the bookshop to secure a copy of last years’ exam papers – only just released – I realise that the word kiasu could now well a
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