My parents skimped to pay my school fees

I hope the Ministry of Education (MOE) sticks to its longstanding practice to withhold original Primary School Leaving Examination results slips due to unpaid school fees in spite of the outcry from netizens and political activists capitalising on the situation.

In fact, MOE was gracious to have given the photocopy of the results slip to the child.

Let it be clear that it is the parents, who knew that school fees have to be paid, who inflicted shame on the child, and not MOE.

I believe MOE would have given enough leeway to the parents to pay the arrears but, for whatever reason, the parents did not.

MOE places great importance in ensuring every child receives mandatory, heavily subsidised education. There are also social outreach programmes that families can tap such as The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

As far as possible, students are placed in schools within 1km from their homes. But during the 60s and 70s, many students were posted to schools far away from their homes.

I was living in Chin Swee Road near Chinatown, but was posted to Teck Whye Secondary School in Bukit Panjang, about 20km away, instead of my choice of Outram Secondary School.

My poor parents skimped on basic essentials to pay my school fees, school bus fares and textbooks.

Growing up, it was our own responsibility and determination to get schooled. We did not have any sense of entitlement.

 

Priscilla Poh

* Letter first appeared on ST Forum and is reproduced for discussion.

** Editors note: Ms Poh is a diehard PAP support and regular contributor to ST Forum.

 

 

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26 Responses to “My parents skimped to pay my school fees”

  • Bapak:

    @Priscilla, you are a bright chap without a brain. Next time, your parents did something wrong very wrong ‘for whatever reason’ you go to jail, okay?

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  • Zu:

    Writer only “believe”don’t know the true

    Picture.

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  • Who is she?:

    Is she the same person shown here?
    https://goodyfeed.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-priscilla-poh-the-woman-who-slams-the-malay-language/

    Alamak, if her parents managed to pay her school fees, it simply meant that her parents were luckily not poor enough.

    This is a case of a half-poor woman looking down on the totally poor. How sad.

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  • Zu:

    Should have walk 20 km

    To school and back everyday, then talk.

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  • Survey recently:

    Pricilla goh,,how old are you ?your school times ,school $0.50cts ?do you know bankrutcy must advertise in newspaper ,you malu tak ?,,student gets a photocopy result slips

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  • Don't be evil:

    Auntie, you must go quickly to have your cold heart and pea brain ead checked thoroughly for your own sake.

    If you do not have kind words or sympathy for that poor family, just shut up.

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  • I beg to differ:

    No big deal .

    About 200 dollars , 3 to 6 months. Many people donate 50 cents , 1 month cleared.

    What embarrassment ? What shame ?
    In the future, child grown up and work more embarrassment to face. Bound to have screw ups. Boss give face close door screw. Boss dont give face , open door screw. Just that at present , child with the right consulting to overcome bad feelings thats all. But now all the young children damn thick skin compare to us middle age generation. How i wish my time got current teacher to consult me.

    As for distance, our time is really f**k up. No MRT , only buses. Initially nee soon camp for BMT, staying at boon keng considered far. Then posted to SAFTI tuas , lagi far plus only one bus and to be safe have to take the bus from little india side and 2.5 hours early in advanced. When congested and packed with people travelling time can be 3 hours. Really fall asleep and more tire. Plus SAFTI damn strict, late by 1 min, extra guard duty for you. In the end , most of time i rather stay in camp. The only consolation is cookhouse food is quite good compare to other camps except maybe Airforce as there are many top brass. Nabay top brass muz eat nicer foods ? And the canteen roti john was good also and cheap. After course finish, post where , palau tekong lagi tulan. Now thats really far.
    As for reservists, Sembawang camp then Clementi camp. Also far.

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  • 1999 incident:

    first of all this that pappy island is not suitable to have kids

    1) relentless influx of foreigners : they dont need u to have kids. The island itself is a transmigrant centre of all sorts. A large corporation where humans are seen as economic digits. Asian social norms are used by them to make people have kids and serve NS to get the machinery going. The new arrivals are much smarter as they can see what awaits them in the future.

    2) they dont need singaporeans except for NS. They have foreigners to import and replace u . Remember they only need NS. THis is why people like the merdeka generation work as security guards and taxi drivers and mcdonalds staff and feels happy about it. THey deserves it.

    3) non existent or lousy/ defective social policies for retirement, healthcare ect. Of the developed world the sink island has the worst track record. As stated earlier humans as social beings are seens as liabilities.

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  • When sporeans think, pap sinks:

    Tell grandmother’s story just to bootlick MOE. Please lah, Ms Kay Poh! Each family’s financial difficulty is different. Kay Poh, you’re just lucky that your parents managed to pull through the difficulties unlike those who really couldn’t. Oops! Sorry ah. Just realised your name is not Kay.

    Okay, look at it this way. MOE machiam loan sharks. Parent is the one who owes the loan shark.
    Loan shark gets runners to write on walls and throw paints on the door to embarrass the children.
    Loan shark gets runners to lock up the gates to cause inconvenience to the children.
    Loan shark gets runners to threaten to burn the down flat to scare the children.

    Parent borrowed money, parent pay back the money. Nothing to do with the children. Why loan sharks must kachiow the family?

    Is MOE not like the loan sharks? MOE gets the schools to hold back the poor kid’s certificate to embarrass the kids, to inconvenience the kids and to scare the kids. MOE is as HEARTLESS as the loan sharks, no?

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  • Bobo:

    Is ah poh talking about an event of herself happened in the 60s? In the 60s, parents were then smart to grow six to a dozen kids. How? Drink original milk from mum. No pamper or diaper. Eat left over food for days. Recycled all old dirty clothings and under-garments, recycled all school text books, uniform and sometimes even school shoes. No thorn/holes means new. If kids asked why they were treated that way, the were waiting to be slapped. Want to take bus to school, please earn it yourself. We are moving forward, so don’t tell grandma story here. Nobody is interested.

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  • to have too many kids:

    //first of all this that pappy island is not suitable to have kids//

    hahaha. BUT the white idiots dared tok kok about being with you and about long term ? currently, already brought in so many moving parts into the system already making lives tougher in such a high cost country for many average daft sinkies ? who dares to have too many kids ?

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  • TruBlu:

    Dont worry.
    Just DO IT,VOTE OPPO!

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  • 1999 incident:

    to have too many kids: 1999 incident:

    the pappies scums can say whatever they want, why does the 70% listen? ask them to walk the talk.

    U can do one of the following things or both

    1) Deposit an upfront of 200K into the bank account just for kids raising , future expenses to guarantee that listening to their B.S will not land u in the soup.

    2) make sure they provide u with a free HDB flat, permanent job security and unemployment benefits should u happen to lose yr job.

    Many of the 70% fool will tell u: no matter what happens in the govt or watever policies they come up with , we must continue working , have kids for our future. These fools do not realise that such wishful thinking will land them in deep sh*t in the near future.

    When there is no future , u work towards a future? How can that be?

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  • Pioneer:

    Auntie Presilly wait till your children or grandchildren encountered this problem as this 12 y.o. parents in financial difficulties, then you will cry and cry. Hope your children and grandchildren will not suffer like this today’s 12 y.o. but we cannot predict our future. Time will tell on you.

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  • Bapak:

    It will be good to send her to the Aby Sayyaf for an interview.

    Who is she?:
    Is she the same person shown here?
    https://goodyfeed.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-priscilla-poh-the-woman-who-slams-the-malay-language/

    Alamak, if her parents managed to pay her school fees, it simply meant that her parents were luckily not poor enough.

    This is a case of a half-poor woman looking down on the totally poor. How sad.

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  • Have a sense of entitlement!:

    Quite a few Sinkies are brainwashed. They feel so proud that they don’t have a sense of entitlement, like this brain-damaged woman.

    People, please, have a sense of entitlement.

    We are citizens. Citizens have rights. Citizens have entitlement.

    It is good to have a strong sense of entitlement.

    Look around the world. Other citizens are entitled to goodies. They enjoy their goodies and their lives.

    Poor Sinkies, on the other hand, have been brainwashed to sacrifice and sacrifice without expecting anything from the country. We suffer and suffer and suffer, while the country reserve get super rich.

    Wake up, please. You are entitled to goodies from the country. Free baby allowance up to 21 yrs, free pension all the way till death, free education, free this and free that. We are entitled to all these.

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  • Spore is ready for malay PM:

    Bapak:
    @Priscilla, you are a bright chap without a brain. Next time, your parents did something wrong very wrong ‘for whatever reason’ you go to jail, okay?

    Who is she?:
    Is she the same person shown here?
    https://goodyfeed.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-priscilla-poh-the-woman-who-slams-the-malay-language/

    Alamak, if her parents managed to pay her school fees, it simply meant that her parents were luckily not poor enough.

    This is a case of a half-poor woman looking down on the totally poor. How sad.

    look at her face. no different from the pap jamban woman from Msia.

    100% of the time, when we bounce into a woman with that kind of face, true to hearts, same weird mentality aka attention seeking at all cost.

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  • most uselss:

    The govt has no qualms paying a few hundred millions to fund foreigners but cannot help local poor students.

    Why?

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  • Dear Priscilla:

    Maybe you should suggest to our hospitals to tie up with ICA (PAP is well known for linking this and that to penalize and reward people) not to issue birth certificate to Singaporean babies if the parents dont pay the hospital bills.
    The CEO of Singhealth, wife of former Education Minister Ng Eng Hen, may agree.

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  • To Ms Poh:

    Should MOE be an accomplice in the shaming of the kids?
    If MOE has no such policy, there will not be any shaming at all.

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  • My Dear Priscilla:

    You did not get posted to Outram Sec because you did not do well in your PSLE.
    I am not saying Teck Whye Sec is not a good school. Then, I remember vaguely during my time, if you didnt get your choice you could get posted to any school, even though Teck Whye may be a “better” school than Outram because few students applied for Teck Whye maybe because it was in a very “ulu” place.
    I am glad you do well.
    Do you know there are still families living from hand to mouth existence due to unemployment or other reasons?
    So their priority is putting food on the table first.
    I tell you my own experience, I lived in a one room rental flat in the 1960s-1970s, no phone, no public assistance, no bursary. A Sec classmate living in a 3 room flat, with a phone (a luxury household item then), near our school in the city obtained bursary.
    Yes, many people do not apply for assistance, because they have self reliant mentality (like you and your parents), or maybe they do not know how to seek help, or they dont bother (but it is not the fault of the kids).
    I have seen a man with a kid asking people in the supermarket to exchange Fairprice gift voucher for cash. I notice how embarrassed the little boy (about 5 or 6 yo) was then. You may speculate like myself then, the man may be an ex-drug addict, would use the cash to buy cigarettes, it is just the innocent kid is dealt a bad card in his this life.
    He may turn up to be good like you or bad.
    I have seen an old lady with his granddaughter (about 3-4 yo) looking for thrown away brochures, pamphlets, leaflets in the “walled tray” in front of HDB mail boxes. They are not exercising or strolling I am sure.
    The little girl looked really embarrassed, though no one was shaming her.
    She may turn up like you, hopefully with some human touch.

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  • Sycophant Has Shit Brain:

    This Priscilla Poh should be have changed her name to Pretty-silly Kay-Poh. She is obviously a sycophant who has shit in her brain. Her parents should have gone that extra mile to make her able to differentiate what is right from what is wrong; to instill into her brain some common sense instead of allowing her to grow up as a sycophant.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Priscilla Poh

    Reading your vindictive post, it is clear you wish to take revenge on anyone who is poor because you are lazy, stupid, arrogant or all of this.

    Being born in the 60′s or 70′s is also not a reason people should listen to your babbling. It was hard for everyone – you were lucky to have parents and school. Many children did not get the chance to go or could not pay school fees. How does that make you qualified to judge others who are much more disadvantaged than you?

    You seem to want to take some kind of revenge on poor people because you were poor. Your letter is full of your self – pity and the idea that if you could not do it then no one else should either.

    Your parents were unfortunate in not using a condom and so conceived you. Now they must bear the shame of that obviously unfortunate decision. That is why sometimes it is better to be safe than sorry.

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  • Singapore Ah Seng:

    This PP aunty is echoing the words of some teachers, who views teaching as a career, but not as a role that educates our children, and protects them from all indignity from society, and now , indignity from the school.

    Yes, the parents are to be blame, but why blame the parents who did not pay up, because they don’t have the money?

    What happened to compassion for our child? Don’t we see every child as our own? Its called Love.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    I believe PP is NOT biased but making her point…children from her time in school can take hardship with no sense of shame or low esteem to work part-time selling nasi lemak and selling “mah pew poh” for their pocket money to attend school and that includes school fees too…

    I should know…I came from that era when children at the break of dawn sit along the pavement or the void deck of SIT/HDB to sell B/fast to workers before going to school…

    All these to help out the family…

    those were the days’ lah!!! not the strawberry and snowflake generation of today where the latest gadgets and Branded items are the IN thing if NOT you are OUT!!!

    BUT this DOES NOT discount that school fees, as well as UNIs, should be free and NOT only subsidised…remove the free scholarship awarded to foreigners and JOB DONE!!!

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  • George:

    Khaw BW and Tan CJ are part of a regime that does not care for students in Singapore, vote for change and VOTE THEM OUT !

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