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.
Who are the tuition providers ?
To some extent, supply creates demand in the case of the tuition industry. In this context, tutoring exists because the providers make it available and recommend pupils to take advantage of the availability. Alternatively, pupils may find out that the service is available and thus decide to make use of it even though they would not have demanded it if the service had not been readily available. The most common condition is still, of course, the other way round, where tuition services continue to be offered in growing numbers because of increasing demands for it.
I'll explain this ... after school
either case, tuition cannot take place without the tutors or tuition
teachers. They consist primarily of two types; where the tutors are
also teachers in the mainstream schools; and where the tutors provide
tuition to students of whom they do not otherwise have any responsibility
over. In the former case, the school teachers are receiving additional
payment for tutoring pupils who are already their students in the
school. This case is also the most problematic and thorniest one.
teachers may justify the practice on the grounds that they are unable
to cover the syllabus during official class hours and/or are paid
such low salaries for their mainstream school duties that they are
forced to find ways to supplement their income. Some people will find
faults with these teachers by pointing out that assistance to pupils
who are really in need should be part of the teachers' normal workload,
for which they should not receive extra pay. It is feared that these
teachers might deliberately slow down their work in school in order
to ensure that syllabus is not fully covered, and that markets therefore
exist for their after-school-services. Worse, elements of blackmail
might be involved. Teachers might inform their students at school,
either directly or indirectly, that pupils who do not come to the
private lessons will be penalized in class tests and other activities.
At the very least, they face the possibility of being at a disadvantage
when it comes to class exams compared to their peers who paid for
the extra coaching. In short, for school teachers who also provide
tuition to their own students, a conflict of interests undeniably
Can school teachers do it too?
the dangers of such a situation, some governments forbid mainstream
school teachers to accept payment for tutoring their own students
after school hours. They could choose to do so on a voluntary basis,
but not under payment. Singapore, for example, is a country in which
such regulations are enforced. However, school teachers in Singapore
are still permitted to accept payment for tutoring pupils from other
schools. In Malaysia, no such regulations exist. School teachers who
provide tuition to their own students are a dime a dozen. In fact,
the government of Malaysia encourages such practice in an effort to
make tuition more accessible to poorer students.
What about the others
who are not already employed as mainstream school teachers vary widely
in profile. They may be young or old, well qualified or averagely
qualified, male or female, full-time or part-time, and employed by
a tuition centre or self-employed. University students commonly supplement
their income by providing tuition to secondary and primary school
students. A much smaller number of upper secondary school students
earn pocket money by tutoring primary school pupils. However, almost
all tutors in Malaysia have university degrees or are in the process
of obtaining one. Urban tuition-goers are more likely to be taught
by graduates than are rural tuition-goers.
Specialists for special needs
tutors offer highly specific skills. For example, they may be particularly
adept in Mathematics for all levels of study, or for maybe just the
SPM level etc. Or a tutor who specializes in SPM Chemistry, for instance.
Some specialist tutors focus on only the major national examinations.
They usually have acquired years of experience in the relevant areas.
This is especially true for the full-time tutors who make their living
entirely from tuition earnings. But all these do not necessarily mean
that part-time tutors are not as effective. Some of them are very
experienced as well from many years of coaching service, even though
they regard it as a supplementary source of income.
Going the extra mile
tutors have to respond to market needs, they usually make a special
effort to find out what students want, and then to respond to it.
They care about their performance during tuition sessions because
they regard students as clients, unlike the mainstream school teachers.
This attitude is especially prevalent among tutors who do not have
an assured flow of 'clients'. On the other hand, school teachers who
provide tuition, may not be as zealous, since they always have a ready
pool of potential students from their school classrooms. In comparison,
tuition centres always try to attract enrolment by various means such
as offering prizes for examination success, advertising through leaflets,
posters, newspapers and magazines.
tutors and tuition centres are of course more popular than others.
While some individual tutors need to hunt for clients, the reputation
of others ensure long waiting lists. Some 'good' tutors even require
potential students to book their place a year in advance!
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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.