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article imageYork tutor fee spurs debate

By Brandigal (Donna)     Jan 22, 2007 in Lifestyle
Tutoring fee? Charging students in lower grades for extra help raises the issue of a two-tiered public school system.
The York school board has decided to charge lower grade students a tutor fee for after hour tutoring.
They are offering 16 hours over 8 weeks of after school tutoring and it will only cost $190 to students in Grades 4, 5 and 6. Yet students in grades 7 and 8 that are struggling and at risk of failing get extra help free.
Students attend twice a week for one hour of math or language instruction in classes of 10 students taught by certified teachers not currently working in the board's schools.
They are saying the $190 is half of what you would pay at a some tutoring centers that charge $40 an hour or some that charge $80 to $110 per subject a month.
Annie Kidder, executive director of the provincial parent group People for Education said "I'm loath to criticize any board trying to do anything to assist parents and students. But the fundamental premise of public education is that every child will have an equitable chance to succeed. There should be programs in the school day that are accessible to all children,"
Many parents cannot afford extra money on tutoring for their child so they would go without?
They say Subsidies are available to families who can't afford the service but it has to be recommended by the teacher.
The program has already tutored 150 students with another 80 now in this newest course.
I know at my daughters high school, they offer free tutoring during lunch hours and every Wednesday for 3 hours after school for Math and English. The teachers do this on their own time to help those students having difficulties.
However, the $190 is not a lot to pay if it helps your child become more confident in that subject.
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