Posts Tagged ‘policy’

Public Schools

January 27, 2013

All kids in Singapore are allowed to enter public schools in Singapore, sadly its sounds too nice to be true. Yes, as foreigner you can enrol if you get chance to get accepted and willing to pay the very high school fees.

Problem is the ‘’ Singaporean Citizen first policy ‘’ which means that Singaporean kids have the absolute priority above kids of PR holders and foreigners. When balloting is necessary in a specific phase of the registration exercise, citizen will be given absolute priority over PRs. In 2011, nearly half of all primary schools held ballots for the P1 registration exercise.

Result, as PR or foreigner you make only a chance when not enough Singaporeans register for the same school. When balloting is necessary in a specific phase of the registration exercise, citizen will be given absolute priority over PRs. In 2011, nearly half of all primary schools held ballots for the P1 registration exercise. Most popular schools will have a much less intake of PR children.

As Singaporean Citizen I would be very pissed! Thanks this unfair protectionism policy, Singaporeans kids have no chance to grow up anymore with kids from other countries. They will develop themselves very boxed up into the Singaporean culture only and that does not benefit Singapore as a global multi-cultural country. Maybe proofs this again that Singaporean is not a multi-cultural country at all.

Other problem is the raising school fees for PRs and foreigners. Primary education is free for all Singapore citizens in schools under the purview of the Ministry of Education, though there is a fee of up to SGD 13 monthly per student to help cover miscellaneous costs. Fees for PRs and foreigners have sharp increased for local schools this year with more than 50% sometimes while Singaporeans are free or pay almost nothing.

PRIMARY SECONDARY PRE-UNIVERSITY
2012 2013 2012 2013 2012 2013
SC FREE FREE 5 5 6 6
PR 40 90 55 120 80 160
ASEAN 235 350 325 450 530 700
Foreigners 345 500 470 650 750 1,000

So as foreigner or PR holder you have much less chance to get your kid enrolled to a public school. In case you able to do so, you pay much higher fees! A foreigner who has 2 kids pays already $1,000 a month for their education while Singaporeans have it for free. If you shouldn’t pay any tax, then it should be fair but sadly is Singapore not fair at all against non-citizens.

I think this is PURE DISCRIMINATION!!! PRs and foreigners in Singapore pay also tax to the Singaporean government which is many times much more than locals as their salaries are higher due the higher living costs for expats in Singapore. As we also pay our contributions to this country, we should have the SAME RIGHTS as the Singaporean Citizens and have an equal chance to get our kids in good schools in Singapore.

Maybe it should be time to ask SINGAPOREAN STUDENTS OVERSEAS also a 500% higher fee than the locals. Ten-thousands of Singaporean kids in Perth also benefiting from the FREE EDUCATION IN PERTH!!! You don’t hear them complaining about that!!!! So it would be equal that Singaporeans overseas should be the same treated as foreigners are treated in Singapore!!!!!!