Greek Families Spend 18.6% of Their Money on Tutoring
Greece tops the EU countries in total family funds spent on tutoring services.
I thought the US spent too much money on tutoring, but now I see that we're not alone. According to this article in ekathimerini.com, a study by the Network of Experts in the Social Sciences of Education and Training (NESSE) found that
Greek families invest 952 million euros a year, or 18.6 percent of total household budgets, on tutoring.
18.6%! And we're not just talking about a few families--more than half of all the students in Greece receive private tutoring. Sadly, we're not talking about tutoring with the Socratic method; the article implies that much of this tutoring is prep for students taking university entrance exams. Makes you want to drink hemlock, doesn't it?
Close behind Greece are Cyprus and Malta. The Times of Malta reports here that a European Commission study found that the
private lessons industry in Malta has become almost “crucial” for Maltese students, even in cases where it is evident they are not necessary... The study confirms that high-stake exams, particularly to obtain Matsese certificates at the end of fifth and sixth forms, is the main contributor to the private lesson culture...
Interviews with students there indicated that
Malta had reached a point at which it was not considered “normal” to abstain from private tutoring.
How skewed. Private tutoring has its valid role, but what we should really be striving for is a culture where it's not considered "normal" to abstain from learning.
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