The issue being discussed here is more parents are sending their children to tuition lessons, and are willing to pay a huge sum of money for their children's tuition fees. The writer states that the latest Household Expenditure Survey found that families spent $1.1 billion a year on tuition - almost double the $650 million spent a decade ago and a third more than the $820 million spent just five years ago. The average household spending on tuition rose from $54.70 a month 10 years ago, to $79.90 in the latest survey, due to the rising demand in the tuition industry. The writer seems to be very disapproving of parents spending such huge sums of money on their children's tuition fees.
I agree with the writer that parents should not spend too much money on tuition fees, especially when their child is apparently doing well in school. This causes the competitiveness among students to increase significantly, as everyone is expected by their parents to be better than their peers.
It is inessential to provide children with tuition nowadays, due to the fact that teachers in schools are willing to make extra effort to ensure that students are able to catch up with their schoolmates in terms of their academic results. Teachers arranges remedial lessons to help students who failed to do well for a particular subject understand the topics better. This is extremely similar to what a tuition teacher is doing, and it is cost-free.
Therefore, it is not necessary to pay exorbitant prices for tuition, as students are able to obtain help and guidance from the teachers in school.