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Tutoring Association chief hits back at criticism of the industry

Australian Tutoring Association chief executive Mohan Dhall has hit back at tutor critics, imploring educators to be more honest about the practise.

The industry in Australia is worth $1.3 billion and growing at around three per cent year-on-year, with it being most popular for students in grades five and six, as well as years 10 and 12.

He told Tom Elliott teachers who critcise the industry are also actively benefiting from tutoring themselves.

“Those teachers who say (you don’t need a tutor), they are actually part of our industry,” he said.

“They actually get their own kids tutored and school principals get their own kids and even ministers of governments get their own kids tutored.

Mr Dhall said it was important to put kids first when discussing the rapidly-growing industry.

“If their child needs a tutor, the same teachers (that criticise us) will get one and actually moonlight after hours and get income from the sector but won’t declare it,” Mr Dhall said on 3AW Drive.

“People pay money to have their children improve and get a benefit at something so why don’t we look at the child’s interest and have schools, tutors and parents working together to see what we can do best to benefit that child.”

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