Is be­ing a ‘live-in’ home tu­tor re­ally worth it?

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFESTYLE -

some­body whose par­ents have made clear has made a lot of bad de­ci­sions and lacks mo­ti­va­tion, and who needs to do well at one of the best uni­ver­si­ties in Canada. Now, not a lot of peo­ple would fit that bill, would they?” says Caller, whose com­pany em­ploys the tu­tors, tak­ing a cut of 25-33 per cent of their salary. Tellingly, the job ap­pli­ca­tion for that Toronto place­ment is still open to­day.

On Caller’s web­site, var­i­ous bud­get op­tions are avail­able, be­gin­ning at £8,000 a month, and go­ing up to £20,000. Above that, sits the op­tion: “money no ob­ject.”

De­spite be­ing open for al­most two decades, last month Caller saw more in­ter­est in Tu­tors In­ter­na­tional than in the en­tire of 2016. And of all cus­tomers, 97 per cent ticked the “money no ob­ject” box.

This year, one fam­ily in Hong Kong is spend­ing £340,000 (plus food, ac­com­mo­da­tion, bills and a ve­hi­cle) on two tu­tors for their two small chil­dren.

“But when you see those salaries you have to ask your­self: just how aw­ful are those jobs?” he warns. “These fam­i­lies ex­pect a lot for that money, so you will have to work for it, and this is not a hol­i­day. We’ve got one tu­tor go­ing trav­el­ling with a fam­ily for an en­tire year on a 70ft yacht. Sleep­ing in a cabin, all meals on the boat with the fam­ily, rarely get­ting off ...

“Plus, they have a job to do and tough par­ents to please. It’s not go­ing to feel like much lux­ury for any­one.”

If this sud­den boom is lu­cra­tive for tu­tors (and handy for cash-rich, time-poor par­ents), pity the poor stu­dents who won’t be get­ting the sum­mer off. Even Cas­tor has some sym­pa­thy.

“If there was a job that was six or eight weeks, tak­ing the whole sum­mer from the child, I’d feel very sorry, I think. It wouldn’t be good for them. I un­der­stand that if you want a child to be­come the next Andy Mur­ray they need to prac­tice all day ev­ery day, but even I wouldn’t want to be him. They’re young, and you have to draw the line some­where, don’t you?”

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