In My Tho City in southern Vietnam, parents send their children as young as six – the age of the first grade – to private tutors as early as 5:30 am with a view to giving them an edge over their classmates.
Private tutoring classes are now booming in My Tho, the capital of Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta, as the new school year already began on September 5.
Students from the first to twelfth grades there are forced by their parents to attend extra tutoring sessions to reach higher levels of achievement at school.
Meanwhile, first graders who are more often than not tired at the end of the day are then further worn out by after-school tutoring.
Some students have to skip their regular meals while others opt for Vietnamese-style bread, or bánh mì, as a snack before studying in these extra classes.
In My Tho, a private tutoring class run by a chemistry teacher on Hung Vuong Street even starts at 5:30 am while many other classes finish as late as 10:00 pm.