Parents enrolling their children in enrichment classes outside of school hours

One of the simple nursery rhyme that are taught to kids as they enter the kindergarten.

In Myanmar, nursery rhyme that are taught in classrooms for kids are not only delightful but also loveable as they have simple meanings. Although learning nursery rhyme seem simple, when it comes to teaching and learning methods for those who will become future leaders are not that simple as it is thought. However, these are always a headache for every parent as education of their kids being their lifeline.

Every parent has to unavoidably think way beforehand of all factors such as when will their child’s cognitive process begin or when will the brain start developing and when the child will be able to start learning. Then depending on their affordability, every parent will try their utmost to fulfill the best for their kid to reach the highest standard. Furthermore, to enrol their kid, from a list of international, private or government schools, parents have to contemplate over which will be the most suitable one for their child.

“Our child is now five years old. Just for the kid to gain the best we enrolled him in a kindergarten class of an international school. But as our child is weak in Myanmar subject, we had to hire a home teacher to teach the child,” said Min Han, a 50-year old parent.

A 36-year old working mother, Zarchi Win, also said she intends to send her kid to an English class during the summer holidays and the child’s aunt will take care of the matter.

“Just for the sake of the child to improve English, I have thought of sending my child to summer holiday classes at international schools. But then again, I am concerned that, if I send the child to English classes after school hours, there are also school lessons, and the child will suffer from fatigue by both classes and will not be able to follow the school lessons,” she added.

Now, parents have become eager to enrol their kids in pre-schools by the age of four to five years old and then at the same time send them to outside school hour classes to make sure the children are a step ahead of others.

“Whether, it may be a government or an international school, there are always pros and cons. For instance, we find that, children who attend international schools are weak in mathematics. Our school was established to support those children who attend classes outside school hours,” Myat Thandar Tin, who established and also an administrator of the TSYZ Training & Development Centre told The Myanmar Times.

At the TSYZ Training & Development Centre, there are classes like Bright Kids, Summer Kids, Dancer Kids and Little Chef for those between the ages from 5 to 15 years old.

“Bright Kids class is for those kids who are attending the Basic Education schools and aiming to obtain international certificates. The timing of this class is from 5pm till 7pm, after school hours. The kids are trained to be able to go for the Cambridge exams and international mathematics examinations. In the training, EQ (Emotional Intelligence) and IQ (Intelligence Quotient) are equally balanced. Summer Kids training is for those children who would like to spend their holiday in an effective way. Then the Little Chef training is intended to train students to enhance their cooking and inventing ability. Classes for baking cakes and making pizzas are held on weekends like Saturdays and Sundays. The Dancer Kids class is intended for those who appreciate the Myanmar traditional culture and to study, practice and enhance their ability in international dances,” she added.

As parents prefer for their children to become more skillful in school lessons, they choose tuitions classes at outside school hours for their kids, comments a painter who trains children in painting.

“Mostly training courses are chosen by parents rather than the child. Parents cannot give up their strong conviction that their child must pass the matriculation examination with flying colours,” Naung Yu Pa told The Myanmar Times.

A youth reading club which goes by the name of Zar Ti Man (National Spirit), where he is also involved, has English and painting classes during the summer holidays but when the academic year begins, this club only has a football training course, he added.

“The Football training course begins from 6:30am till 8am and then from 4pm onwards. As kids attend these classes on their own volition there is not much to say. Although there are other trainings apart from school hours not much attention has been paid,” Naung Yu Pa told The Myanmar Times.

Football training courses began about four years ago and when it first began there were about 200 kids who came and registered he added.

“As the football training course is chosen by the kids themselves, no propulsion or persuasion was needed. Football not only balances the physical fitness, makes the body healthy and strong, it also teaches how to work in a team spirit and social relations. The main point is every parent should study what is the interest of your child,” he said.

Reforms are constantly taking place in the education sector of Myanmar and these include providing education to kids so it can be regarded as the venue for human resource investment.

“Depending on the ability of each child, teaching outside the classrooms also plays an important role,” said Myat Thandar Tin.

Source: Myanmar Times

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