Posted at Jun 18 2010 01:10 PM | Updated as of Jun 19 2010 06:37 AM
MANILA, Philippines – With most parents busy working outside the home, many of them do not have the time to monitor their kids studying at home. This led to the mushrooming of tutorial schools near popular private schools.
The curriculum of private schools has also gotten harder, according to the founders and presidents of two of the more popular tutorial centers in the country.
“Yung curriculum at present, tinataas talaga. Hindi naman bumobo yung mga bata kundi napakarami na ng distractions kaya kailangan talaga ng tutor,” said Merle Alferez, founder of MSA Academic Advanced Institute.
“Also, parents are now busier, kasi meron ding demand sa kanila sa office. So papano pa sila magkakaroon ng time to assist their children in their studies?” asked Rossana Llenado, president of Ahead Tutorial.
Around 50% of students of the major private schools are now availing of the services of tutorial centers, according to Llenado.
But with so many tutorial centers out there, it is up to the parents to gauge if the tutors their children go to are qualified to teach their kids.
There is no regulatory body watching over tutorial centers. Only the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are handling the business needs of the tutorial centers.
This is why the Department of Education (DepEd) is looking into the possibility of regulating the tutorial centers.
“Sa ngayon, wala pang regulation ang DepEd sa mga tutors or tutorial services. Pero dahil nga dumarami na sila ay posibleng tignan na namin yung pagpasok ng DepEd to regulate para matulungan sila,” said Dr. Yolly Quijano of the DepEd.
Parenting expert Maribel Dionisio advises parents to do a background check on a tutorial center first before signing up children for tutorials. Parents should check the qualifications of the teachers and if possible get referrals from trusted people. — Report from TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News.