30 May '11, 5am

Rich-Richer, Poor-poorer!- Exam-obsessed Hong Kong makes celebrity tutors rich (via ST iPhone App) #fb

Rich-Richer, Poor-poorer!- Exam-obsessed Hong Kong makes celebrity tutors rich (via ST iPhone App) #fb

Cut-throat competition for exam success in Hong Kong's high-pressure education system has spawned a new breed of teacher - celebrity tutors with near cult-like status and millionaire lifestyles. --PHOTO: AFP HONG KONG - CUT-THROAT competition for exam success in Hong Kong's high-pressure education system has spawned a new breed of teacher - celebrity tutors with near cult-like status and millionaire lifestyles. With their glamorous photographs showing megawatt grins and flashy attire splashed across billboards and buses, the star teachers claim to transform failing students into A-grade pupils - and earn up to US$1.5 million (S$1.85 million) a year. The former British colony's tutoring industry is reportedly worth at least HK$400 million (S$63.4 million), with official figures showing as many as half of secondary school seniors seek private tutoring after school. Hong Kong...

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