02 Oct '11, 11pm

Our reader says parents must be honest with themselves. If you don't want kids to be pressured, then don't expect As.

CONTRARY to the comments made by a few Forum writers recently, I believe that the curriculum and the teachers are not to be blamed for the need for tuition. It is the high expectations of some parents regarding the academic performance of the children which put the students in that situation. Parents must accept the fact that students are not born with the same level of intelligence. Those with average intelligence will not be able to do as well as those with a higher level of IQ if nothing is done to help them in the competition. Help comes in the form of paid tuition or free extra lessons given by the school after school hours or during school holidays. So I do not understand why parents are complaining about the extra coaching given by dedicated and caring teachers. Students today are not more intelligent than during the time when I was in school. Yet statistics show an...

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