Gilbert Goh sets up fund for needy students who have backlogged school fees

Gilbert Goh

Following the recent saga where a needy student had his PSLE certificate withdrawn due to outstanding school fees, social activist Gilbert Goh has set up a fund to help these needy families.

Commenting on the issue, Goh said he hoped that no child should be “subjected to the shame of having the photocopied certificate when they owed school fees due to personal reasons”.

In seeking the funds, he said that he would “do our due diligence in ensuring that the cases are genuine and their first stop for help is with their schools through the FAS (financial assistance scheme). We will only handle those children with owed school fees who have fallen through the social cracks” (i.e. rejected by FAS)”.

Goh said that in his experience as a social activist, “many of them have fallen through the social welfare crack”. This was because some families were doing previously before but face a retrenchment stuck while others were having trouble getting the FAS forms filled completely as the family has broken up and important information was lost in transition.

“We will also publish the fund’s usage and balance periodically on our FaceBook so that everything is transparent and above-board”, Goh added.

In a short period of time, Goh and his team have paid out S$1,000 to needy families, with the crowdfunding page receiving S$1,900 in donations.

The minimum donation sum is $1 and you may choose to contribute here.

Gilbert Goh is the founder of Transitioning.Org, a support site for the unemployed.

 

 

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28 Responses to “Gilbert Goh sets up fund for needy students who have backlogged school fees”

  • TruBlu:

    Good job.
    But can DPM N FINANCE MINISTER RE-ALLOCATE THE BUDGET TO CHANNEL MORE FUNDS TO ASSIST OUR OWN POOR THAN SIPHON MONEY TO GIVE BIGLY TO FT-KIDS N FT-COMPANIES??,

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  • Asd:

    All the educated educator involved and in the know are not able to help with 100 plus $… educated ?

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  • Asd:

    Just help to pay for it la as a teacher or principal.
    Help the poor soul… don’t need to trumpet that you help if you are educated educator… just help and move on and god bless..

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  • Harder Truths:

    Well done and thank you for looking after kids. They have almost no help them now that their parents are at the mercy of the pitiless regime.

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  • VTO:

    Institutions now beginning to behave like the MIWs, all getting the wrong way, flogging its own citizens while giving away billions of dollars to foreign students bursaries.

    Can you accept a Minister of Education suggesting to you that you don’t need a degree or suggesting the trend to be hawkers or gojek riders to its own citizens while ~million dollars a day every day are given away to foreigners in local University Education?

    Vote for Change, solve the problem.

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  • Bad policy should be changed:

    Where is that ong chap?

    Missing in action, no sound nor sight? Gone for early December holidays?

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  • Not child fault:

    The child should not be punish or shamed.Not his fault if his parent cannot pay the fees.
    Bad Policy.

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  • Pioneer:

    We applause Mr Gilbert Goh for a good job of exposing the bad practice of withholding a deserving student’s PSLE certificate. Many peoples supported Mr Gilbert Goh judging by the many comments against the authorities in the many blogs. However, we have yet to hear a single word from the many “lightning” million$$$ ministars & white MPs who are remaining so silence as if silence is golden. Too many elected white MPs are like “chiak leow bee”.

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  • Gilbert, do this too:

    each time S$ is given out to the poor and needy, remind them their PSLE pass/fail certificate shall be retained by pap moe if owing S$156m.

    pap moe no heart. says it is long practice to retain. whether can pay or not does not matter to pap moe since it is long practice to retain.

    impress on these S$ recipients to remember who is today now giving them S$ and remind them to vote against pap moe via the ballot box by voting against pap.

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  • No hope for sinkies:

    Pioneer:
    We applause Mr Gilbert Goh for a good job of exposing the bad practice of withholding a deserving student’s PSLE certificate. Many peoples supported Mr Gilbert Goh judging by the many comments against the authorities in the many blogs. However, we have yet to hear a single word from the many “lightning” million$$$ ministars & white MPs who are remaining so silence as if silence is golden. Too many elected white MPs are like “chiak leow bee”.

    When sinkies won some Olympic medal or golden horse award, miws pinky and stoke heng quickly jump on the bandwagon to glorify and be part of the limelight

    When our poor kid got ‘man handled’ by our faceless and heartless public servants for a flawed education policy, miws are silent as church mouse.

    UTTERLY DISGUSTING

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  • Get What You Voted:

    Pioneer:
    We applause Mr Gilbert Goh for a good job of exposing the bad practice of withholding a deserving student’s PSLE certificate. Many peoples supported Mr Gilbert Goh judging by the many comments against the authorities in the many blogs. However, we have yet to hear a single word from the many “lightning” million$$$ ministars & white MPs who are remaining so silence as if silence is golden. Too many elected white MPs are like “chiak leow bee”.

    Someone else is paying and doing the job for them, why should they complain?
    If they were to get the votes from dafts anyway, why should they say anything?

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  • mike:

    Good on you Mr Gilbert!

    And shame on you million $$$$ ministars

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  • 90s Student:

    Regarding the PSLE cert witheld due to non payment of school fees case recently – teacher and principles in the school earn like 3K-10K . u mean they cant contribute and set an example? Are they that broke after spending on cars and condos?

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  • 90s Student:

    Regarding the PSLE cert witheld due to non payment of school fees case recently – teacher and principles in the school earn like 3K-10K . u mean they cant contribute and set an example? Are they that broke after spending on cars and condos?

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  • richestCity forWhat?:

    no money no talk Singapore.
    you die your business.
    sit up and take notice folks…the next one could be you or your loved ones.
    so Vote Wisely.

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  • One percent:

    Doing the math, MOE claim to be subsidising $12,000 per child, misc fees equal $156. That means the subsidy is about 99%.
    The bureacracy set up to collect these fees probably negates the fees collected.
    More than $230 million spent on no-NS FT so-called scholars with zero return; what gives?

    Bad policy should be changed:
    Where is that ong chap?

    Missing in action, no sound nor sight? Gone for early December holidays?

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  • INDIAN is malay says pap:

    Bad policy should be changed:
    Where is that ong chap?

    Missing in action, no sound nor sight? Gone for early December holidays?

    this ong Lj is an Aljunied reject.

    jobless, but stoking pap balls, got a lucrative post failure position in pap ntuc. then, tried again, elsewhere since he knew Aljunied folks shall again vote him out.

    long story short. ever since stroke heng was crowned clown in waiting, the ong Lj no longer speak imitating pap master liar lky. even so, pap bad habits die hard. no sound no fury when wrong is under his watch.

    truly a WTF clan of lying thieves these pap Ljs and pap Cbs.

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  • Don't be callous:

    Hmmm… what kind of edu minister do we have?

    Don’t care a damn to do the right thing for the cruelty inflicted on our young or just pretend nothing has happened.

    Merrily collect $m pay and life goes on…..

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  • Sinkie:

    The PAP elites splashed hundreds million dollars of taxpayers’ money on foreign students over the years but is so harsh on Singaporean students from financially deficient families.

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  • Elite Uncaring Mentality BAD:

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    5. According to Singapore’s laws, as long as a child is below the age of 17, his/her parents are responsible for his/her actions. Not the other way around. A child is not responsible for his/her parents’ mistakes, faults, failures, inabilities or indiscretions. As the supreme educator of the land, MOE does not understand or refused to understand this simple logic of the common.law?

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  • Good for nothing minister:

    INDIAN is malay says pap: this ong Lj is an Aljunied reject.

    jobless, but stoking pap balls, got a lucrative post failure position in pap ntuc. then, tried again, elsewhere since he knew Aljunied folks shall again vote him out.

    long story short. ever since stroke heng was crowned clown in waiting, the ong Lj no longer speak imitating pap master liar lky. even so, pap bad habits die hard. no sound no fury when wrong is under his watch.

    truly a WTF clan of lying thieves these pap Ljs and pap Cbs.

    Uncle remembered another pappy called seet ah mee. She was very arrogant and insensitive, washed hands after shaking hand with a fishmonger resident. Voters promptly kicked her out.

    Looking forward to see this ong with the stuck up lj look to be booted out for being incompetent and arrogant too.

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  • Elite Uncaring Mentality BAD:

    In Questioning the Intention and Values of MOE:

    There is no need for Gilbert Goh to question the intention and values of MOE, nor is it necessary for MOE to openly suggest that.

    In this case, based on MOE’s own indefensible defence of its “long-standing” wrong, cruel, unethical and unthinking practice of punishing the kid to teach a lesson to her parents, MOE’s sadistic intention is clearly laid out for all to see. So MOE’s values, whatever they may be, are of no value whatsoever.

    1. The cruel and bullying act of belittling a child at a crucial time in the child’s development, will only make the child to hate MOE and the teaching profession for the rest of her life.

    2. The parents are still unable to pay (not that they don’t want to pay) the $156 miscellaneous fees because of their financial difficulties. Mother is suffering of cancer. Father has been retrenched and jobless. Unless some kind soul pays for them to defuse this cruelty inflicted by MOE upon the child.

    3. As MOE has said, money is not the issue, then why the hypocrisy of devising an unprincipled principle to shame the innocent kid who is legally entitled to her result slip (which she has earned by her own hardwork and ability) through sitting for the primary six exam in her own right?

    4. Her exam fee has been paid, which means by mutual contract, MOE has to honour the obligation of issuing her the original result slip and certificate, irrespective of any other excuses (unless she had cheated in the exam).

    5. Since MOE has so many financial assistance schemes, and it is MOE that imposed and enforces the compulsion in the compulsory education, why can’t MOE write off the arrears or by tapping into the financial assistance schemes?

    Questions:

    1. How many such cases are there? Is the situation so bad that MOE has to resort to such cruel, crude, detestable underhanded punishment upon innocent kids, instead parents, for over such a prolonged “long-standing” period of time?

    2. Why can’t MOE go after the guilty parties (parents), instead of the innocent parties (kids)? Isn’t this a highly improper and unethical principle and practice?

    3. Is MOE so devoid of ability to think of other methods of teaching the lesson on responsibility to the kids or parents?

    4. This cruel practice is counter productive and does not drive home any good lesson to the party intended. It
    responsib

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  • Elite Uncaring Mentality BAD:

    Why published my second part without my first part?

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Some oppo not nice people, so cannot get high percentage of votes.

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  • No Shame parent:

    Please stop blaming our scholar talented PAP minister.

    It has nothing to do with them but all to do with their irresponsible parents.

    Yes. It is parent fault. No money but want to get marry? And want to have children ?

    If you cannot afford children, then don’t get marry.

    Our flounder father LKY is right. Only varsity graduates should marry and have children.

    PAP.Guaranteed.Win.GE2020

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  • trublu:

    HELLO NGOs,hey,are you there guys?!!!

    your own sg kids no mney for school fees,etc,why you so quick to rush to send money/help to other people but cannot evn see that there are many poor kids in our midst?

    NGOs,pls wake up leh!

    HELP OUR OWN PEOPLE FIRST!

    DONT BE HYPOCRITES.

    CHURCH LEADERS,TEMPLE LEADERS,ETC ,THINK CHARITY SHOULD BEGIN AT ‘HOME’,yes or no????

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  • Learning From MOE Example:

    As exemplified by MOE, the lesson taught to all citizens is that when ministers do not fulfill their promises, any voter can to go after their young children (or young grand children if their children are already adults) and shame them for their parents’ or grand parents’ mistakes, inability, or incompetency!

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  • pap.sure.lose guaranteed:

    No Shame parent:
    Please stop blaming our scholar talented PAP minister.

    It has nothing to do with them but all to do with their irresponsible parents.

    Yes. It is parent fault. No money but want to get marry? And want to have children ?

    If you cannot afford children, then don’t get marry.

    Our flounder father LKY is right. Only varsity graduates should marry and have children.

    PAP.Guaranteed.Win.GE2020

    for once we agree with the pap Lj post.

    no money in pap land still vote pap for ffff? why so stupid?

    no money in pap land still get married for ffff? need to ffff can understand. but no need wife to ffff. S$50 nice nice myanmar pinoy. no need expensive HDB rental some more. spare cash can buy that nice cheena car chery QQ or korean car hyundai.

    don’t vote pap. life immediately improve.

    don’t marry. life immediately spare cash since no need over pay HDB.

    don’t have children. no need worry about many things.

    spare time spare cash can swee swee myanmar pinoy girlfriendSSS and nice cheena car or nice korean car.

    for once we agree with this pap Lj posting here.

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