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Private tutors make up to KD 900 a day in Kuwait
June 3, 2014, 3:05 pm

A lecturer at a university in Kuwait has warned against the booming of private tuition, saying it was having grave social and economic implications. “The problem of add-on education has moved up from high schools to universities and the phenomenon is increasing,” Ghazi Al Rashidi, a professor at the University of Kuwait, said. “Students now pay up to KD 150 for one hour of private tuition and tutors are making fortunes, raking in up to KD 500 a day or KD 15,000 a month,” he said in remarks published by local daily Al Seyassah on Tuesday.

Guided by the belief that they cannot pass their end of the year exams without assistance from private tutors, students have been rushing to ensure they are included in small study groups if they cannot have individual tutoring. For parents keen on the success of their sons and daughters, private tuition has become the default option.

“This has created a new culture. Today, several university teachers are booking tables in restaurants and high-class cafés in Kuwait City for the private courses. Most courses cost KD150 per hour, so tutors who spend six hours a day giving private lessons make KD900 day in day out,” Al Rashidi said. “In one case, a teacher made KD1,000 in one day of private tuition. Should he continue doing this, he will be a millionaire within two years,” he said.

The financial onslaught is extremely heavy on families and the situation could be compounded in the future, he warned.

“During exam days, families have to put aside more than KD 800 to finance the private courses, especially that the tuition is no longer limited to science subjects. This phenomenon is now turning into a general culture in Kuwait as parents seem helpless and the authorities are lapsing into silence,” he said.

“Private tuition is in fact a black market where parents and students are pushed in order to secure success. Teachers are of course taking full advantage of the situation, seeking to make easy gains in the shortest time possible. All this is a clear indication of deficiencies in the educational system in Kuwait,” he said.

Al Rashidi added that the social and economic consequences are far too important to be ignored and stressed the need “to stop this haemorrhage and prevent education from turning into a way to make easy money by selling the illusion of success to students and compromise their future.”

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