PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 September, 1997, 12:00am

Nowadays, all sorts of tutorial classes can be found in Hong Kong. You see adverts for them in various magazines and they all claim to offer the best services to students.

This industry is booming, partly because of the declining standards of teachers in Hong Kong. Teaching is no longer a specific profession. Anyone who is awarded a degree can become a teacher. Some graduates use it as a stepping stone. They are looking for a career with good prospects.

Students feel that they cannot depend on teachers who have this sort of attitude, so they look to the tutors for extra help. Some young people see the tutor as a sort of 'saviour'.

Some tutors are excellent and they create a spirit of goodwill in their classrooms. However, I would like to know what legal controls exist regarding these businesses.

The Government only tends to react to a problem when it has reached crisis level. It should look at these tutorial colleges and ensure they meet all the necessary legal requirements.

CARRY CHAN New Territories