Teachers kanna pap and pay

In Financial competency, Public Administration, Uncategorized on 10/01/2016 at 8:34 am

Folloing reports that teachers* may soon have to pay for parking in school premises (Is the assumption that these lots will be made available to the public if not used by teachers? I mean schools are not supposed to be public areas, I tot?), a post by an-ex school teacher is going viral on Facebook. I’m sharing it as not everyone will be able to read it otherwise. As all good writing it entertains us, and makes us reflect on the absurdities it reports.

A message from an ex-teacher (which is not me):


you don’t have to feel so upset over the impending parking fees. It’s a good move to be transparent to the public. Since the ministry wants to ensure that it doesn’t give unsubsidized parking to ensure transparency, it’s good to let MOE know that you should also stop paying for stuff out of your own pocket to ensure ‘transparency’ too. Some example of fees that you have been paying out of your own pocket:
1. Classroom deco, charts, notice board materials(excluding manpower and labour fees):$100 at least
2. Coming CNY, Hari Raya and Deepavali deco:$100-$300
3. Resources for teaching:$300(conservative estimate)
4. Remedials/supplementary/enrichment classes:$50 per hr(market rate for MOE tutors).
5. Prizes/gifts/McDonald/pizzahut/KFC treats to motivate students(varies from teacher)
6. Children’s day gifts:$100-$200
7. OT pay for staying overnight at camps, Meet-the-parents sessions at night, meetings during school holidays, learning festivals on Saturdays and Sundays, organizing events for community/MP :$50 per hour
8. Premium fees for last minute instructions from MOE for example, calling parents from 10pm-12am on a Sunday night to inform them of school closure due to haze. $100per hour.
9. Other miscellaneous fees such as home internet or using your personal hp talk time/mobile data to conference with parents/HODs(not including OT pay for doing these after 6pm): $110 per month.
10. Transport fees to attend courses that you are ‘nominated’ to attend. You can’t claim them currently as MOE have already SUBSIDIZED you to attend them.(not that you have any choice)
11. Labour fees for moving cupboards,tables and shelves in classroom/staffroom, cleaning students up after they poo/vomit:$20 per hour.
12. All the money you paid to replace faulty PE/music/art/ICT equipment on your own. Too lecheh to do AOR, ITQ, and then go through Gebiz and evaluation plus endless meetings with KP/AM/P just to get a pair of soccer gloves for your emoticon
13. Last but not least, fees for marking after 5pm each day, as no marking can be done before that due to meetings/CCAs/meeting parents/meeting vendors/meeting P: $50 per hour.

At the end of the day, is that season parking so difficult to afford? I don’t think so. But the message that the sacrifices of teachers are not appreciated by MOE will have a greater cost than the revenue that it can collect from the season parking. Kudos to my ex-colleagues who are still believing in making a difference to the next generation.

‪#‎justsaying‬ ‪#‎moedoesnotcherishteachers‬

From a (currently much happier) emoticon

Update at 11.20am:

A prominent social activist whose wife teaches posted on FB: Bean counters need to understand, that not all beans can be counted by them.

To which my Facebook avatar ponted out

—   Ownself count ownself? )))

— Seriously one of the legtimate complaints that govt depts, ministries have against the AGO is that it can be very selective in what it quantifies. Quantification is not a science, it’s a tool of manipulation. Can justify anything.


*To be fair, it’s not MoE but the Auditor-General’s Office who is behind this piece of nonsense.

  1. Probably some jealous president scholar or some rich & connected civil servant realising that teachers have been getting free parking forever (compared to them having to pay thru nose to park at MOF, MAS, GIC, AGC, AGO). And the fact that 90+% of teachers drive cars, with pay packages that allow them to comfortably afford cars.

    Maybe govt’ll re-configure the school car parks to be just outside of school premises (i.e. bring the school gate & fences nearer to school building) so outsiders can park & pay too.

    Anyway live by the sword die by the sword. How many teachers voted PAP? I’d wager more than the national 70%. True, this new measure may be ridiculous or spiteful, but teachers should count themselves pretty much luckier than many of their other civil service compatriots. The fact that there is no or minimal shortage of MOE teachers is very telling (despite what you hear of teachers complaining that more staff should be brought in to lessen their load).

    Also some reality check: It’s quite common now in S’pore to bring work home (or access work online) at night and/or weekends/public holidays. Working 1 or 2 hrs OT each day is practically the norm. These are for executives earning over $4K-$5K per month, easily the typical salaries for MOE teachers with a couple years work experience. And using own mobile or laptop at all hours of the day for work purposes?? Please … which is more important … your job & salary … or saving a few bucks & highfalutin work-life balance ideals?? The door is always open for you to walk out.

    If you want to blame anybody, blame yourselves for allowing this culture and attitude to take hold in this country/city.

    • Nah Auditor-Genewral not among the president scholars or really top senior servants. he’s one rank below them. Usually pedants get this post.

      • heheheh, I meant some bigwig or bigwig’s relative made complaint and the PAP machinery started turning. AG only a cog in the machine. You’ll be surprised how many such instances happened in S’pore politics and changes in rules & regulations. Even in institutions such as taxes and NS.

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  3. What happens when the labour force are not represented by real unions.

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