Tuition Centers Work To Sooth Parents Regarding Lack Of Exams

Singapore is a competitive country, where English tuition, as well as tuition for other subjects is pretty much ubiquitous, with many exams in schools as well as rankings for students across the country. Naturally, this leads to a lot of pressure for the students. To alleviate some of it, the Ministry of Education (MOE) made an announcement earlier in September of 2018, saying that it would be cutting down on the number of exams for students in primary and secondary schools,  with the intention of reducing the stress of students  in the country.

Tuition agency Gavin’s Tuition decided to survey some of its students’ parents in order to see what they thought of the move, and found quite a few who expressed concerns about how they would be able to assess their child was faring in academics.

Director Gavin Ng says that parents believed that this reduction in examinations would not provide them with an accurate measure of their child’s academic performance in the earlier parts of the school year, and expressed fear that this might lead to a nasty surprise come the examinations at the year’s end.

In response to the demand of parents, Gavin’s Tuition will be making available its in-house exams to students who are not enrolled with the center, allowing them to take them, for a small fee. On top of that,  there are also plans for what they call ‘stress-free learning programmes’ which focus on experiential lessons such as robotics and coding.

Gavin’s Tuition isn’t alone, with many other student and English tuition agencies in Singapore opting to introduce new programs or adjust their current ones to meet parent demands for examinations and measurements of student’s skills and performance, even with regards to non-academic ones like presentation skills and public speaking.

Tuition centers have different methods in accounting for Singaporean parents’ demand for assessing their children’s performance, but they are saying that, despite seemingly going against the MOE’s intended purpose for the reduction in examinations, that they are complying with its mandate.

Minister of Education, Ong Ye Kung, acknowledged concerns by parents in the country, known for its obsession with academic performance, saying that there are ways for students’ performance to be assessed, other than with the examinations.

He adds that he also expected some tuition centers to simulate theconditions of exams for students in order to compensate for the MOE’s mandate, and urged said centers to refrain from doing so, as he believes that that would simply be preying on the insecurities and anxieties of parents and students alike.


Why People Watch At Home Than In Football Stadiums

The NFL is working to add technology in their football stadiums. The goal is to entice more avid fans to watch the game at the stadium rather than staying at home. The NFL is currently adding more wireless networks to keep the tech-savvy fan engaged and interested even while at the stadium. Otherwise, many of them will choose to stay home and not see the game live.

Even if some fans go to football stadiums and watch the game, there are still about 57% viewing the game in their respective houses. So, here are possible reasons why people prefer to stay home and watch comfortably and conveniently.

  • Highly Expensive

If you watch football live, it can cost you more money on tickets. You’re not only paying for the game, but the food you’ll be eating, plus the parking space. And what more if you are coming in groups. Note that you’ll be paying per head, and you’ll be spending more if you pay individually. However, if you’re really a great big fan and want to see your favorite team play, then you won’t mind paying for the extras.

  • The Weather, Seats and Comfort

Unless the football stadiums are domed, you are subject to any weather conditions while attending the live game. For an outdoor stadium, you are forced to experience the heat, rain, snow, wind and other conditions mother nature will bestow. You also can’t choose your favorite seats as the stadium will be filled with lots of people. You may be seated at the back and will need a wide television to view the game clearly. However, if you stay home, you’ll have everything covered, including going to the bathroom.

  • Loud Fans, Drunks and Jerks

At football stadiums, you have no control on who sits beside you. You may be next to a loud, drunk fan yelling most of the time. Some may even be yelling for other teams. It’s when you hear foul language, which can be directed to you, and may somehow end up with fights.

If you stay home, you’ll have the game covered on the TV screen. You also get to choose whom you want to watch it with. If you’re on the opposite sides, you’ll have it done the fun way. Fights don’t likely happen in homes, so you’re watching safe and sound.


Establishing A Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire Business

Stoke-on-Trent was created from six separate towns and several villages as early as the 20th century. It is amazingly renowned as the “City of Five Towns”, due to a local novelist Arnold Bennett, who describes the city in this way through his novels. As the city is also popularly known as the home of the pottery industry in England, it is also referred to as the Potteries. You can even initiate a Staffordshire business here using pottery or ceramics.

As situated an hour away from Nottingham, Liverpool and Manchester, and two hours if travelling by train in London, Stoke-on-Trent used to be an industrial hub, but today, it’s now a centre for service industries, especially if you want a Staffordshire business installed here.

If you come to Stoke-on-Trent, you’ll first be introduced to the amazing potteries of the city. It has a worldly acclaimed ceramic collection that is safely and carefully guarded in the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. However, you’ll find the acclaimed potteries at the Wedgwood Visitor Centre in the Staffordshire countryside too. It doesn’t only represent the luxurious ceramic company of the UK, but you can have a closer look while a pottery is made. If you’re here at Stoke-on-Trent, you have a chance of visiting several pottery shops or companies.

What happened several years in this city is not only about ceramics. The Elizabeth Ford Green Hall and the Eturia Industrial Museum will best explain the rich history of Stoke-on-Trent. There’s also the Alton Towers theme park to enjoy popular attractions, which you’ll need to travel ten miles away. You may also enjoy the nearby Trentham Monkey Forest and Trentham Gardens. Or you can enjoy swimming at the Waterworld just close by.

A Staffordshire business is not far behind. You can see modern hotels that offer bed and breakfast, cottages, guesthouses and camping areas available here. You can also visit famous cafes and tea shops just in every corner of the city; or have a mix of traditional and international cuisines at restaurants and bistros. If you’re here in the Potteries, you should never miss tasting the famous Staffordshire oatcakes. It’s preferably served hot with desired fillings of bacon and cheese.




French Love Their Fast Food

Restaurateur and entrepreneur, Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, have ventured into many fields before but it was only when he entered the food industry that he found out how much the French love their fast food chains. When you think of French, you think of them eating home cooked meals with healthy ingredients but according to the latest report, they have a secret affair with fast food chains that it is starting to reveal through the growing waistlines of the public. In an estimate, it is expected that the country will have 30 million obese residents when 2030 comes.

Their culinary traditions have obviously been slowly being replaced by fast food convenience. It all boils down to their busy lifestyle that they no longer have time to eat proper lunch. To make matters worse, online food delivery services like Uber Eats and Deliveroo made it too convenient for them to order whenever, wherever.

The result is evident on the average weight of the people. The fast food industry is also booming in the country with a market worth of €54 billion. The entire food service industry is worth €88 billion which means that fast food is responsible for more than half the turnover. This is sad news for traditional restaurants who are gaining less and less customers.

In 2017, the turnover of McDonald alone in France reached €4.8 billion. If this figure is not impressive enough, you might be shocked to know that the second company with the highest turnover in 2017 only earned €1.7 billion. The difference says it all. The turnover percentage for the fast food chain increased by 4.1 per cent in 2017 and it is expected to continue rising in the coming years which goes to show just how much the French love their McDonald’s. In fact, there are 1,440 restaurant branches all over the country while the UK only has 1,249.

Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan who is a busy man himself admits that the limited lunch time at work might be the greatest contribution why the French have settled on a fast food routine. Survey shows that workers in France only get an average of 31 minutes for lunch which is not enough time to go to a restaurant and order something healthy.


Demand For Low-rise Condo Still High In Sukhumvit

For tourists, they prefer short-term accommodations such as Sukhumvit 19 hotel but for serious investors, purchasers and foreigners hoping to purchase another real estate investment, there is still a high demand for low-rise condominiums within the Sukhumvit area. According to developers, the main reason for this is that the prices of low-rise units are far tempting compared to high-rise condo units.

The chief executive officer of Habitat Group, a residential developer, Chanin Vanijwongse, said that the prices of the units that belong in low-rise condominiums are much affordable despite the fact that they are just launched into the market. Looking at the prices of high-rise condominium units, the difference in prices might be blamed on the costs of land.

Mr. Chanin said that high-rise condominiums need larger plots of land for constructions which means that the costs of the land are also more expensive. Furthermore, the plots of land that were dedicated for high rise buildings are usually located in the main roads of Sukhumvit where the alleys are much wider.

He added that the plots of land that is located on the main road starting at Nana skytrain station going to the Skytrain stations in Thong Lor have an average price of 2 million baht for every square wah.

In the end, the prices of the newly introduced condo units constructed within these plots have a starting price of between 250,000 and 350,000 baht for every square metre. Plots that are located on Sois are considerably much cheaper thus the prices of the units when listed for sale are also comparably lower. When it comes to construction costs, low-rise are lower compared to high-rise buildings.

According to a market research conducted by Habitat, the average condo unit price for every square metre around the Asok skytrain station is 271,000 baht. Those located close to the Phrom Phong station has an asking price of 270,000 baht for every square metre while those within the vicinity of Nana station has an average price of 244,000 baht.

At the end of the day, the demand remains strong for low-rise buildings and accommodations such as Sukhumvit 19 hotel also continues to have a high booking rate from tourists both locally and internationally.