11 Mar '11, 4am

Should parents be allowed to use Edusave for private tuition?

EDUSAVE is the most direct way to ensure financial aid to fund a child's education ('School system 'still best way to move up''; Tuesday). However, Edusave can be used only for school-recommended courses, many of which do not help address a student's poor performance. Most Edusave-funded programmes do not directly meet the educational needs of my children in a sustained way. Some of them, such as public speaking and grooming, are not what we think our children need. However, we endorse them as they are cited as post-examination activities. Parents should have a say in how their children's Edusave is used. Low-income families might prefer to use Edusave to offset the expenses on private tuition. If a child has been consistently failing mathematics, he may need a private tutor, especially when schools do not have the resources to help him regularly. To prevent abuse, the Edu...

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