Teachers parking kept by schools: Why never tell us earlier?

I refer to the article “Parliament: Charging teachers for parking will result in revenue of $8 million to $10 million a year” (Straits Times, Jul 9).

It states that “The estimated revenue from charging teachers for parking will be $8 million to $10 million a year.”

As to “Mr Ong said the revenue will be retained by the schools. There are 360 primary schools, secondary schools and junior colleges in Singapore” – according to the article “Citizens not pacified by revelation that schools get to keep the parking fees from teachers” (theonlinecitizen, Jul 11) – Singaporeans are unhappy about the latest revelation that the revenue will be kept by the individual schools.

As some of my friends said – people may not be so angry now – if – so, why didn’t they say when the “parking fees for teachers” policy change was announced in March – that the revenue will be kept by the individual schools?

Why was there also no mention of this in the article “No absorption of parking charge for Hwa Chong teachers” (Straits Times, Apr 21).

So, it begs the question – when was it decided that the revenue will go to the individual schools – in March or later or only now?

By the way, as to “All five polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education started charging for parking on their premises in October last year” – have these six institutions been getting the revenues individually from the parking charges?

Like what my friends said – what may make Singaporeans even angrier than the subject “revelation” is that the reply in Parliament may have conveniently ignored the question of MPs paying just $365 a year to park in any HDB car park in Singapore and Parliament.

Isn’t this an affront to “The carpark rates were imposed in line with the Public Service Division’s “clean wage” policy, which stipulates that salaries should be fully accounted for, with no hidden perks and privileges”?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

 

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11 Responses to “Teachers parking kept by schools: Why never tell us earlier?”

  • opposition dude:

    The educational instituitions may be the ones keeping the money for now but don’t be surprised when PAP tales 90% of it eventually citing “reasons” about needing to maintain the carparks and other nonsense.

    This is PAP after all, they live only for $$$ and nothing else.

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  • The Educated Dafts:

    Fundings to school can be indirectly skimped after that, allowing the greedy PAP government to gather more money for their “bonuses”, chicken rice for cronies, self serving adventures and “investment” gamblings.

    Teachers are effectively having a pay cut to subsidize for school expenses.
    Whether the schools “get to keep” the windfall revenue is irrelevant.

    This greedy PAP government is all out “innovatively” to milk the citizens without any shame and sense of gratitude.

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  • Gan Loong Ching:

    Schools get to keep teachers’ parking fees?! So schools are going to love teachers with cars!

    Does this mean teachers who have cars will find it easier to get to teach in the school of their preference from now on?

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  • Merobok:

    The answer is simple! Originally the Govt wants to collect the parking fees to help in the losses of the Govt;s investments.
    However, when the uproar came about, they thought to alleviate the negative feedback, it would be better to state that the fees will be given to the schools. Many will therefore feel relief.
    But could this be a ploy as the schools will eventually transfer it to the Govt’s coffers!

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  • HarderTruths:

    Schools are money-making ventures – just lie anything else under pappy control.

    The problem in $G is there is no way to redress this through courts or unions. $G locals have no choice but to accept all decisions by the despot and his minions as final.

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  • John Lim:

    It’s obvious that the original intention was to have the parking fees collected put into the coffers of the govt. But then, it was pointed out that some schools OWNED their land. Also, there was too much protest over this issue.
    But as usual, they just won’t admit their mistake!!!

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  • N.Jungne:

    Aiyah Roti Prata last minute change from Dahl to Fish Curry, is still Royi Prata.

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  • Meant to placate the public?:

    Why not mentioned initially?

    Actually, make no difference to the teachers and the public.

    Votes lost again!

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  • Irene Vanessa Wan Si Hung:

    Very much their style.

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  • oxygen:

    SINCE WHEN DID PARLIAMENT extends the tax collection arm of IRAS to the schools and they keep the money?

    IT IS UNLAWFUL.

    Will HDB soon be collecting cost recovery for counter service next when peasants turn up to branch offices for any matter of inquiry they may have on HDB matters?

    WHAT IS NEXT?

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  • KelvinWang:

    Must search for more milks to find the wages of 145k public servants. Do some simple calculatios and you would how many billions required. A ‘lean’ public service?

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