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Summary: Private tuition in EYL


Country Is there a significant amount of private tuition?
% of children having private tuition in English
Typical starting age
Why do parents use private tutors?

Argentina Yes Not stated Before mainstream education To make up for shortcomings of public system

Austria No N/A N/A N/A

Bahrain No N/A N/A N/A

Bangladesh Yes Not stated Not usually before mainstream education To make up for shortcomings of public system

Brazil No N/A N/A N/A

Colombia No N/A N/A N/A

Croatia Yes Not stated Usually before mainstream education They believe they offer better teaching

Cyprus Yes Not stated Usually before mainstream education Public provision is not considered to be enough

Czech Republic No N/A N/A N/A

Ecuador No N/A N/A N/A

Ethiopia Yes 2% Not usually before mainstream education Because of the importance they attach to English as the medium of secondary and tertiary education

France A little Not stated May be before mainstream education They want their children to be bilingual

Greece Yes 10% approximately May be younger than mainstream education To get a head start; to make up for shortcomings of public schools; convenience; access to a native speaker

Hong Kong Yes 10% (estimate) Same as for the public system To help children get through their homework

Hungary Yes 40% (estimate) Before mainstream education They believe that an early start is an advantage

Iceland No N/A N/A N/A

India - Goa No N/A N/A N/A

India - Gujarat Yes 10% Before mainstream education To make up for shortcomings of public system

India - Maharashtra Yes 70% Not before mainstream education To strengthen their children's study habits

India - West Bengal No information available No information available No information available No information available

Indonesia Yes 10% Before mainstream education To give children access to more intensive and advanced teaching

Israel Yes Not stated Before mainstream education To make sure that their children know English as well as they do

Korea Yes Many Not stated To get an early start

Latvia Yes Not stated Probably not before mainstream education To make up for shortcomings of the public system; to give their children an edge

Malaysia Yes 60% Before mainstream education To give their children a good foundation in English

Mexico No N/A N/A N/A

Netherlands No N/A N/A N/A

Pakistan Yes No statistics available N/A To help children in private schools meet the expectations of the schools where all subjects are taught through the medium of English

Poland Yes Not stated Usually before mainstream education Lower fees than in a private language school; more personalised attention

Romania Yes Not stated Not significantly before mainstream education To give their children an edge; when English is not offered on the school curriculum; prestige

Russia Yes Not stated May be before mainstream education To give their children an start than is possible in school

Slovenia No N/A N/A N/A

South Africa No Not stated Not stated Not stated

Spain Yes Not stated Very often at 6 years of age To give their children an edge; prestige

Sri Lanka Yes 60-90% Often before mainstream education Competition. Parents see English as the universal language.

Sudan Yes 3% approximately Not before mainstream education Out of discontent with the public system

Taiwan Yes Over 80% of 5th Grade in Taipei City Usually before mainstream education To give their children a head start in getting into top schools, colleges

Tunisia Possibly, but not widespead Not stated Not stated Not stated

Turkey Yes No data available No data available To help their children pass their courses

Ukraine Yes 10% Before mainstream education So that their children begin English earlier and have more hours of teaching; the quality is better

UAE Yes Not stated Probably not before mainstream education To prepare their children for school examinations; to make up for shortcomings of the public system

Venezuela Yes 2% (estimate) Before mainstream education To make up for shortcomings of the public system; the quality of teaching is better


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