Paying for parking in schools: when you start counting, everything counts.

By Oliver T

No, we’re not asking to be reimbursed for buying graduation gifts for students. No, we’re not asking to be paid Overtime wages just because we stay behind after school for consultations and remedial classes till we get chased out by the school attendants. No, we’re not asking for off days in lieu because we had to bring students out for CCA trainings/competitions on weekends. No, we did not complain to MOM when we were made to supervise during the Night Study Programme at 9pm. And no, we’re not asking for allowance (FYI, we don’t get it anyways) when we bring students on overseas exchange programmes.

But when you start counting, everything counts.

I am like many other of my teacher peers who have never ventured out into the corporate world. We do not know what are the practices in the “real world”. Do they need to pay subscription fees ($60-100 annually) so that their organisation can organise “bonding” activities for them? Are they required to pay to attend dinner and dance (D&D)? Are they coerced, I mean encouraged, to purchase tickets for carnivals to support company initiatives?

At the end of the day, I don’t think most teachers are in this profession for the money. All we’re asking for is graciousness. When you start talking about “Clean Wage Policy”, then please be transparent about EVERYTHING.

The above was drafted in response to the announcement made by the Ministry of Education (MOE) that "Teachers will have to pay monthly season parking rates if they want to park their cars or motorcycles at their school car parks from Aug 1 2018".

This was reproduced with permission from editors of TR Emeritus.


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