A lot of parents are now depending on private tutors to give their children a decent education. The trust factor in state education quality is slowly shrinking.
A good sideline for teachers
In a recent survey, around 27% of students 11 to 16 years of age are receiving private instruction, with a higher rate of 41% for students in London. At least 80,000 state school teachers are doing private tutor services as a second job.
Education officials see this trend as a concerning matter on state education quality. It will create a clear advantage to those who can afford private teaching compared to those low-income students from state education schools.
Some state teachers even go to the extent of going to full-time private tutoring instead of teaching in state schools. Private tutoring jobs can earn as much as£35 – £40 per hour on advanced teaching levels like GCSE and A level students. Putting up an extra 3 hours a day for private tutor services is a good additional £2300 monthly income.
Private tutoring is a huge advantage
Access to private tutoring creates a huge advantage for those who can afford and those who cannot. The advantage of asking for private tutoring is a hands-on teaching approach as compared to big classroom setups.
One on one teaching gives the teacher a more devoted learning session with the student. A personalized learning experience helps a student learn and perform way better than large group setups.
The problem with the extra working hours that state teachers allot in private teaching is the fatigue factor it gives them. Extra work hours cause fatigue that might affect their teaching performance at school.
A suggestion from Sutton Trust regarding the tutoring system is for the state to provide tuition vouchers to give chance to state school students a fair chance to high-quality learning. It will help lower-income families to have an option to put their children into private tuition.
But according to the joint leader of the National Education Union, Mary Bousted;
These tuition subsidies are costly and better be spent on increasing budgets for underfunded schools and premium scholarships for disadvantaged students with great potential.