If you’re just beginning to look for enrichment classes for your children, you’ll find a huge disparity in fees. Kids taking ballet, for instance, can pay about $10 per class at a community centre (CC), or $30 in private schools.
Carmee Lim, mentor principal at Mindchamps, and a former principal of Raffles Girls’ School for 12 years, says it’s not unusual for parents to gravitate towards well-known name brands because of their prestige. “Of course, parents will want to give their children the best,” she shares, “And if they can afford it, then why not?”
But she advises that a higher price does not necessarily mean better quality, as rental costs and the need for administrative staff could play a part in the fees.
Parents may choose a commercial centre over a CC simply because the two are not marketed in the same way, observes Dr May Lim, assistant professor and deputy director for the Centre for Learning Environment and Assessment Development at the Singapore Institute of Technology.
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