Kumon learning centre gains popularity

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ABOUT 140 children ranging from preschoolers to high school students are attending classes at Brunei’s first Kumon Diligent Learning Centre, six months after the private tutoring franchise opened its doors.

Caley Lim, chief instructor at the Kumon Diligent Learning Centre in Kg Jaya Setia, told The Brunei Times that Kumon’s Maths and English programmes were “definitely starting to pick up in Brunei now”.

For many parents, the main reason they send their children to Kumon is because they’ve noticed that their children are falling behind in Maths or English and want to enrol them in a trusted global brand, she said.

“I think what’s most pleasing to me is that these parents are coming to me, and a lot of them are through referrals from existing parents (parents whose children were already enrolled at Kumon).

“These existing parents started with us earlier, and they’re seeing the difference it makes to their children’s English and Maths,” she said.

The Kumon Method was introduced by a Japanese Maths teacher who wanted his son to develop a love for learning.

Lim said many parents of three to four-year-old preschoolers frequently enquire about Kumon programmes, which are individualised to each student according to their level or ability.

“It shows that a lot of parents are now looking for some form of supplementary structured learning for their children, especially at a younger age,” she said.

Kumon’s programmes require students attend classes twice a week and do 30 minutes of worksheets at home each day.

“If they’re doing homework every day, it teaches them discipline and good study and homework habits.

“Aside from that, much of Kumon emphasises on self-learning. We teach children to learn new topics by themselves, how not to be discouraged when they make a mistake, and to be able to find where they went wrong, persevere and correct it,” Lim added.

She said the Kumon centre currently consists of full-time local staff, including herself as the chief instructor, instruction assistants and admin assistants.

“But otherwise, the students go in (to class) and they do their own thing – independence and self-learning,” she said.

The Brunei Times