foreigners who are not familiar with the country, education
and tuition culture in Malaysia, you might find the following
guide useful - Malaysia, Education & Tuition: A Background Guide.
The tuition lifestyle
upon a time, tuition used to be the domain of the rich students in
Malaysia. Now, however, tuition has become an almost necessary supplement
for all students regardless of their economic standings. What changed
over the years were the increasingly stiff academic competition coupled
with an ever expanding school syllabus. What didn't changed though,
were the reasons given by these students who attend the tuition classes.
The usual reasons
who chose to take tuition usually have difficulty coping with some
subjects in school. A smaller portion go to collect extra facts in
the hope of gaining the decisive edge over their classmates. They
are not especially weak in the subjects but these students tend to
be more competitive than average. For example, these achievers normally
are the question askers during the tuition session. The tutors would
have to cater to these questions that the school teachers may not
have had time for.
course, there are exceptions to the usual reasons. Several students
are sent to tuition by their parents regardless of their own preferences.
Parents are naturally anxious that their children will lose out to
those who go for tuition classes. A typical response by parents is
that they wouldn't want their children to be pushed by competition
to the next best class. There is one point though, that both parents
and students agree on. They all faithfully believe that tuition is
a must during major examination years. And that refers to the national
examinations in Primary 6, Form 3, Form 5 and Form 6; namely UPSR,
PMR, SPM and STPM respectively.
Teach them early
do students embrace this tuition lifestyle so heartily? Most likely
they have been eased into it at a tender age by their parents. Nowadays,
urbanites do not even lift an eyebrow upon hearing of parents sending
their Kindergarten kids to tuition. Still, the majoriy of students
begin their tuition lifestyle in the early years of primary schooling.
So prevalent is the practice that urban students now regard tuition
as the norm rather than the exception. Their education largely occur
within the confines of the school-tuition duality. With such a perspective
conditioned early on, is it any wonder that tuition has become a dominating
influence on a student's life? Not only have students grown accustomed
to tuition, they have even come to endear it. Some students who began
their tuition life as attendees of tuition centres have since graduated
to private tutoring by their own demand. Students have adopted tuition
as a way of life.
What say them?
What do the
students have to say about tuition in general and their personal experiences
in particular? Here are some remarks excerpted from a 1986 newspaper
article in The Star:
|"It helps when you need the
tutor for that extra push because our school teachers have too
many classes and too little time for individual concentration.
But in the end, how well you do really depends on how hard you
are willing to work."
|~ Warrick Wong (16 year old
|"A private tutor has more time
and attention for me. I can ask her about certain problems without
feeling guilty since I'm paying for her time."
|~ Vivian Phang (16 year old
really needed to improve in my maths because I was doing so
poorly in my class tests. This is where tuition helps a lot.
In addition to learning from the questions asked by the smarter
students in the same class, each of us also gets a lot more
attention from the tutor. My maths grades have really improved
from mere credits to A's."
|~ Lilian Loy (16 year old
|"[My mother] heard of a good
tutor from a friend so I was made to try out for a month and
stayed on because my grades did improve."
|~ Liew Jack Lee (15 year
|"My mother felt I didn't do
well enough in my exams last year so she found a tutor for me."
|~ Saliha Daud (student, age
|"I got very bad marks. My mother
was worried that I wouldn't get through [the examination] and
sent me for tuition although she had to work very hard to pay
|~ M. Amutha (Form 3 student)
|"And [my father] is happy to
see the marked improvement in my record book, so he will continue
working hard to pay for my tuition if he has to."
|~ K. Anathurai (Form 3 student)
pre-occupation with examination plays a major role in the decision
to attend tuition for many students. Although tuition classes take
up many afternoons and evenings, these students feel a need for it.
Without it they may find themselves left behind or denied the top
spots in class. It does mean less time for rest and extra-curricular
activities, as well as higher household expenditures. However, they
believe their sacrifices will eventually be rewarded in the form of
good examination results, and that's what really matter - to them.
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(1) Tuition - Tutelage, the act of tutoring or teaching a student (pupil); Fees paid for instruction (especially for higher education). In Malaysia, tuition is more popularly used to denote tutoring rather than fee. Common Malaysian misspellings: Tiution, Tution. *(BM): Tuisyen, Tiusyen, Tusyen, Tuisen, Tiusen, Tuisyan, Tiusyan, Tusyan. |
(2) Home Tuition - Tutoring that takes place at students' or tutors' home as opposed to at tuition centers; Also: Home Tutoring, Private Tuition, Private Tutoring. *(BM): Tuisyen Di Rumah, Tuisyen Swasta. |
(3) Personal Tuition - Tutoring on the basis of one tutor catering to one student. Also: Personal Tutoring, Individual Tuition, Individual Tutoring, One-to-one Tuition, 1-to-1 Tutoring, One-to-one Tutoring, 1-to-1 Tuition. *(BM): Tuisyen Peribadi, Tuisyen Persendirian, Tuisyen Perseorangan, Tuisyen Individu. |
(4) Group Tuition - Tutoring on the basis of one tutor catering to several (small number, but more than one) students. Also: Small Group Tuition, Small Class Tuition, Group Tutoring, Small Group Tutoring, Small Class Tutoring. *(BM): Tuisyen Berkumpulan, Tuisyen Kumpulan Kecil, Tuisyen Kelas Kecil. |
(5) Tutors - Tuition Teachers, persons who conduct tuition. In Malaysia, teacher is more popularly used to denote a school teacher whereas tutor usually means a non-school teacher. Also: Tiutors, Tuitors. *(BM): Guru Sekolah, Cikgu Sekolah, Pengajar Tuisyen, Guru Tuisyen, Cikgu Tuisyen. |
(6) Home Tutors - Tutors who provide home tuition as opposed to those who teach at tuition centres. Also: Private Tutors, Personal Tutors, Individual Tutors, One-to-one Tutors, 1-to-1 Tutors, Group Tutors, Small Group Tutors, Private Teachers, Personal Teachers, Individual Teachers, One-to-one Teachers, 1-to-1 Teachers, Group Teachers, Small Group Teachers, Private Tuition Teachers, Personal Tuition Teachers, Individual Tuition Teachers, One-to-one Tuition Teachers, 1-to-1 Tuition Teachers, Group Tuition Teachers, Small Group Tuition Teachers. *(BM): Pengajar Di Rumah, Pengajar Swasta, Pengajar Peribadi, Pengajar Persendirian, Pengajar Perseorangan, Guru Di Rumah, Guru Swasta, Guru Peribadi, Guru Persendirian, Guru Perseorangan, Cikgu Di Rumah, Cikgu Swasta, Cikgu Peribadi, Cikgu Persendirian, Cikgu Perseorangan. |
(7) Tuition Centers - Private institutions that conduct tuition on classroom-like settings. Also: Tuition Centres, Tutorial Centers, Tutorial Centres, Tuition Classes, Tutorial Classes, Tutoring Classes. *(BM): Pusat Tuisyen, Pusat Bimbingan, Pusat Tutorial, Kelas Tuisyen. |
(8) Home Tuition Jobs - Home tuition vacancies; Posts to be filled by home tutors. Also: Private Tuition Jobs, Home Tutoring Jobs, Private Tutoring Jobs, Home Tuition Assignments, Private Tuition Assignments, Home Tutoring Assignments, Private Tutoring Assignments, Private Tuition Vacancies, Home Tutoring Vacancies, Private Tutoring Vacancies. *(BM): Jawatan Kosong Tuisyen, Pekerjaan Tuisyen, Kerja Tuisyen, Tugasan Tuisyen. |
(9) Home Tutees - Home tuition students; Pupils receiving home tuition from home tutors. *(BM): Pelajar Tuisyen, Murid Tuisyen, Penuntut Tuisyen. |
*(BM) denotes terms in Bahasa Melayu or Malay Language.