28 Feb '11, 5am

What's the real reason parents send kids for supplementary classes? Check out the results of our poll so far:

What's the real reason parents send kids for supplementary classes? Check out the results of our poll so far:

A reader of The Straits Times said that supplementary classes were now 'vital' to narrow the academic gap between students. -- PHOTO: DPSIS INSTEAD of tuition and academically skewed enrichment classes for my son, I chose, throughout his kindergarten years, to have him enjoy nature walks, picnics, play dates, exercise and music. ('Keep after-class hours free of classes, please'; Feb 15). But my child and I were anomalies, exceptions to the rule where the race begins at age three with hothousing classes from MindChamps to Berries (for Chinese), Lorna Whiston to Shichida, Kumon to Yamaha, and swimming lessons to boot. At pre-primary level, these children had acquired skills in English, mother tongue, mathematics, music and thinking beyond Primary 1 and 2 levels. This year, my son started Primary 1 in a good, albeit less 'branded' school. While I am happy with the pace of les...

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