How quickly time flies. The one-month school break is over. The boys are back in school today. It's back to the old routine. Alarm clock goes off at 5.15am. Arrive in school by 7am and then I'm off to work. Life is back to normal now.
Now that school has started, all the on-line gaming will have to stop. YK's school has lined up an intensive after-school study programme to prepare them for the O Levels exams in October. SK's math tuition starts today. Yah, life is hard for our teenagers.
Parents here fork out money willingly to tutors to coach their kids. So pervasive is the practice that Singapore is infamously known as the "tuition nation". It's a booming industry here.
Even parents of kindergarten and nursery-level children have ask for tutors to teach their kids how to read properly, to help them build a strong foundation.
You may think it is crazy but they don't think so. Anything they can do to give their child a headstart, they will pay.
Unfortunately, in our schools, a child's performance is mainly measured by the test results. A vicious cycle that will never end. Even we are caught in it. Sad, but life goes on.