Tuition teachers can earn hundreds an hour
Thanks to this homework-for-money arrangement, this tuition teacher claims he can make 75 per cent of what he earns in his day job as a school teacher.
The man, who declined to be named, says that in the last three years, he has personally experienced a growth in the homework-for-money business.
He charges parents between $200 and $250 an hour to complete their children's homework.
If the assignments are more complex and require research, he ups the price to between $500 and $750 an hour.
In an e-mail interview with TNPS, he says: "They (parents) e-mail me and I charge based on the extent of work needed.
"Sometimes if it is urgent, especially if it is for secondary schools where they have to hand in (the work) the next day, I will go to their homes."
A colleague, who was in this business, introduced him to it.
"She and I realised that some of the students cannot handle their homework and frankly, some assignments are unnecessary.
"However, I could not spend my time doing it for free," he says.
Why just do homework and not give tuition?
"Giving tuition means spending one-to-one time with the students. By helping to do the homework, I can do it in my free time.
"The student will still be able to learn if he makes an effort to go through the assignments after they have been marked," he reasons.
He reveals he has a regular pool of students that he helps. In a week, he can get up to 15 requests, out of which he takes on 10.
And having a different handwriting from that of his clients is barely of concern to him.
He says: "Most projects are now being handed in on print copies."
When asked if he is wary of any repercussions, he declines to comment.
"Sometimes if it is urgent, especially if they have to hand in (the work) the next day, I will go to their homes."
- Tuition teacher who declined to be named