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New Way Parents Help Kids With Homework

Ever look at your kid's homework and feel like the page is filled with hieroglyphics? That's the case for many parents in Singapore, who want to help their children's academics but don't have the education to do so.

The BBC is reporting that more and more Singaporean parents are going back to school so that they can relate to what their offspring are learned in the classroom.

Anita Saleh, who signed up for the classes for parents, credits the course for helping her to be more realistic about her daughter's workload. It was much harder than she initially thought and gave her an appreciation of the pressure her child faces in preparing for the demanding Primary School Leaving Exams (PSLEs) at the age of 11.

"It's beyond my expectation," Saleh told BBC. "It's totally difficult because I myself didn't go beyond O-level so many years back and then my daughter is sitting for only her PSLEs (Primary 6 level) and I am not able to answer the questions."

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So what kind of questions are parents getting asked by their teachers?

"There is a total of 5,421 cows and goats on the farm. If three quarters of the cows and 60 percent of the goats are sold, there will be an equal number of cows and goats left," the teacher says. "How many cows and how many goats are there on the farm?"

Feel free to mull that one over for a while. It's merely a sample of a mathematical problem in Singapore's school syllabus for 11-year-olds.

Teachers say these sessions are not for parents who are bad at mathematics or English, but rather to give them a better understanding of what their children are up against at school.

"As a previous school teacher in a state school, parents kept asking me for help to coach them. I saw there was an urgency because they don't know how to coach their child at home," said Nur Hidayah Ismail, the principal at Genius Young Minds tutorial center. "I thought I needed to help as parents were out of touch with the syllabus."

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