BLOG – Hong Kong’s Celebrity ‘Tiger Tutors’ Documentary

Britain’s Channel 4 will broadcast a documentary tomorrow about HK’s ‘Tiger Tutors’. The Unreported World team meet millionaire Lamborghini-driving ‘super tutor’ Richard Eng, who earns US$1.5million a year. 40,000 students attend his Beacon College cramming school for evening classes. Three quarters of HK students have extra tuition to compete in a system where only exam results matter.

As the documentary reveals, families often can barely afford the extra lessons and some children – with pushier parents – are tutored from kindergarten age. The film touches on our city’s wealth gap and Eng’s feelings towards the state education system he refuses to put his own children through.

The trailer is below – click here for the full film.

In an older documentary for British ITV, Griff Rhys Jones dropped by on some local kids who were able to perform amazing feats of mental arithmetic (2-minute mark)…

Finally, here is a story, Wall St Journal article and a CNN video about the phenomenon of celebrity tutors featuring Richard Eng…

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