Kumon offerings of Math and Reading programs are gaining popularity among parents. But how do you know if you have enrolled your child in a legitimate Kumon Center?
Here are seven ways to know the REAL Kumon Center:
1. Look for a certificate. Each Kumon Center displays a certificate (Notice to the Public) that recognizes it as a certified Kumon Center duly authorized and licensed by Kumon Philippines, Inc. This certificate is visible in the Center and bears a gold Kumon seal.
2. Contact the head office. Call the head office at (02) 885-0226, and inquire if the Center you’re enrolled in is indeed legitimate. You can also ask for other licensed Centers within the area. Also take note of the name of the person you are dealing with, as you could use this information to verify if you’re talking to a legitimate Kumon Instructor.
3. Check Kumon Philippines official website. Visit http://ph.kumonglobal.com, and click on the link ‘Search for a Center’ to know the list of licensed Kumon Centers in your area. You can also verify the location of the Center through the map provided.
4. Look for a signage/tarpaulin. All Kumon Centers have at least one signage or tarpaulin which states the name and contact number of the Center. These are legitimate materials provided by the head office and bear the official Kumon logo (KUMON, with a thinking face drawn inside a letter O).
5. Verify if classes are done inside the Center. Kumon students visit the Kumon Center a maximum of two times a week. On the days that students do not go to the Center, they have assigned worksheets to be done at home. Kumon does not offer home-service. Kumon Instructors do not conduct classes at a student’s home. If someone approaches you or if you find someone that offers Kumon Programs to be serviced at home, he/she is likely to be a fake provider.
6. Ask for an official receipt. Legitimate Kumon Centers remit taxes to the BIR every month, so always ask for an official receipt. This receipt should bear the Center’s Name, the Center’s TIN number, and also the Center’s address.
7. Check the materials provided to you. A licensed Kumon Center does not sell materials to its parents and students elsewhere. Centers only use materials that are carefully researched, produced, and distributed by Kumon Support Asia Pacific. Official Kumon worksheets are also not sold to the public, and are only given to enrolled students in the Center. The worksheets are printed and copyrighted in the U.S. and Malaysia by the Kumon Institute of Education. You may also find official Kumon Workbooks sold only in well-known bookstores in the Philippines. These workbooks are published by Kumon Publishing Co., Ltd.
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As parents, we always want the best for our children. By checking to see if the Kumon Center you enrolled your child in is a legitimate one, then you are making sure that he is getting the best Kumon offers. If you come across a fake provider or center, report it immediately to Kumon Philippines by calling (02) 885-0226.