Date
26 May 2017
Parents wait in line outside a learning center in Sha Tin (inset). Photos: Apple Daily
Parents wait in line outside a learning center in Sha Tin (inset). Photos: Apple Daily

Parents can’t wait to get their children into summer class

When parents scramble to get their young children into so-called “cram schools”, it can only mean one thing — summer is here.

In fact, summer classes don’t start for another two months, but you couldn’t tell that from the long queues of parents trying to enrol their children early.

On Sunday, more than 700 gathered outside a Sha Tin school before the 9 a.m. start of office hours, many having waited in line since Saturday, Apple Daily reported Monday.

ACME Learning Center is popular among parents for its spartan crash program on Chinese, English, mathematics and other subjects for elementary and high school students.

The school is offering 450 classes from July 15 to Aug. 25, charging HK$1,000 (US$129) for each class of six sessions.

Each session lasts one hour and 45 minutes.

A father, surnamed Chu, said children can learn from a summer program what they could not in a regular class while a mother said enrollees can benefit from the school’s good reputation.

Veteran educator Peter Chiu, former vice principal of La Salle College, said it is rare that so many parents try to get their children into tuition courses for the summer when they should be giving them time to rest and relax.

He attributed the phenomenon to “herd mentality” and pressure among parents.

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