[quote=“mod lang”]I agree with Okra-do-re-mi. Ken is doing the math that less kids per family = less kids enrolled in buxiban/kindergarten. But in reality the math is more like this:
I have 12,000 NT a month to spend on 3 kids. Thus, I divide it equally, allotting each kid 4,000 NT each. Maybe only one of them can afford to attend cram school at a time.
I have two kids. That’s 6,000 NT each I can throw at the little emperors. I can send one to kindergarten, the other to buxiban.
I only have one kid. 12,000 NT for this little emperor! It’s my only baby, so it gets the BEST! Hao bang a! Top of the line kindergarten day care, first class cram school in the evenings, money is no object for my precious darling![/quote]
Sorry mod lang, though some of your points are valid they are not entirely spot on. I think it is all a matter of perspective.
First of all, I don’t believe the locals budget money the way you outline it. Usually if one sibling goes to a cram school, then the others go also…irrespective of the money. If it gets too expensive, then they either stop going, look for cheaper alternatives, or wait until the kids are older.
Secondly, I don’t see many kindy students going to both a top notch kindy in the morning and a cram school at night. There are a few like that but not many. And who is to say that the cram schools at night that they go to will be an ESL school? Having more per kid doesn’t mean that ALL the money will be spent on ESL instruction. The kid may still only go to an ESL class twice a week and the extra money a family might have to spend because they have fewer children might be spent an art, piano, martial arts, etc. And because of the education guidelines in place in public schools today, many parents are having to spend money on another type of class (shhh…it’s a secret! )
I would much rather have more kids in the market than fewer with more money at their disposal. I do see cram schools being in a tougher position than kindys.
The bottom line is very simple…the schools that will succeed in this market environment are the ones who bring their “A” games.