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It has been reported in the Straits Times (More expat students catch the 'tuition bug', 9 October 2017): "Now, the "Tuition bug" has caught on among international students too, with tuition centres and agencies here reporting an exponential increase in the number of foreign students from international schools here seeking help for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education or International Baccalaureate examinations in recent years."

Are the progenies of foreigners also no longer immune to the zombifying stresses of the local education system? Have they finally succumbed to the dark side by approaching private tutors for academic assistance? Count on some of the thoughtful folks at Reddit Singapore to analyze this emerging trend, to discern whether the Kiasu mentality has indeed invaded souls, or an evolution of needs (in adapting to demands of current circumstances) has merely happened:

By kukubirdsg:

"It's incredibly ironic that the IB curricula was introduced in a bid to ensure that kids will undergo a more well-rounded education that's less focused on academics and more on creativity and imagination. Lo and behold, our kids started acing the examinations and everyone is now only interested in becoming the next top scorer.

At the end of the day, it's the culture that drives such a "tuition bug" and not the type of exam or education system we adopt. I think it highlights what a results-obsessed society we are. We can keep trying to adopt systems to improve creativity, entrepreneurship or whatnot, but once you establish grades as a yardstick / benchmark, you can be damned sure we'll be heavily bothered with achieving excellent scores.

Oh, how the tables have turned."

More at http://www.domainofexperts.com/2017/10/an-increasing-number-of-expatriate.html