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Justification for imposing parking fees at schools ‘an insult’ to teachers

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    1. The_King

      The_King 狗王 Pioneer Generation VIP

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      SINGAPORE — The use of the clean wage argument to justify imposing parking charges at all schools is “laughable and an insult” to teachers, said Marine Parade GRC Member of Parliament Seah Kian Peng, as he called for a rethink on the role of “economic reasoning” in policymaking here.

      “For too long, we have made decisions based more on an economic compass, as if the use of one dollar has the moral equivalence of the loss of another,” he said during the final day of the debate on the President’s Address on Friday (May 18).

      While there is a need to regulate the responsible use of funds, fiscal prudence and good procurement, “equally, we ought to be having a conversation about reciprocity, trust and relationships”, he argued.

      In March, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced that teachers at all national schools and junior colleges will have to pay for parking at school premises from August 1.

      The announcement triggered a spirited public discussion, and MOE also said in response to media queries that it has “become increasingly clear that the current treatment of allowing school staff to park for free constitutes a taxable benefit”.

      MOE explained that the “vast majority of school car parks are located near chargeable car parks and the car parks are intended for the use of staff and authorised visitors, with no access given to the general public”. “As such, in line with (the Public Service Division’s) clean wage policy, an appropriate season parking charge in schools will be imposed,” it added.

      On Friday, Mr Seah said the issue “sits uncomfortably” with him.

      It was a “mistake” for MOE to see the issue from a “pure economic lens”, he argued.

      “Using a clean wage argument implies that all the years of free parking had tarred teachers with an ‘unclean’ wage,” said Mr Seah, adding that teachers are known to give things to their students that “cost them no small amount of money and yet (the value of which) transcends price”.

      Pointing out that MOE does not pay for Children’s Day treats or “thumbs-up” stickers stuck on worksheets to encourage children, for example, Mr Seah said the Government’s insistence on a “strict calculus of benefits” — in withdrawing free parking for teachers — results in the loss of “a reciprocity and a give and take”.

      He added: “Teachers who have bought their own red pens to mark the test papers of all our children. They do not think: ‘The MOE does not pay for red pens. Let me use instead the whiteboard markers which they do pay for.’ They do not think: ‘I should means test the kids, and give treats only to those who cannot afford it.’”

      On the broader front, Mr Seah urged the Ministry of Finance to lead a “reform”, and bring about “an explicit recognition (in the Government) of the limits of price, cost and expenditure as a proxy for value, and to allow for greater use of discretion by public officers in recognising moral reasoning as a legitimate form of argumentation”.

      Mr Seah stressed that his call was “not an appeal to populism”. “Rather, it is an appeal to the ideas of justice and community that have informed Singapore policy making at the start of our journey 53 years ago,” he said.

      Instead of taking the “cheap, efficient and quick” approach, Singapore has to look at what is “fair, just and right” in order to truly tackle inequality and other national issues, he argued.

      “We must… make (the) language of morality our vernacular in policy matters,” Mr Seah said.

      He added: “It is time we recognise that money is merely a proxy for value, and at times, a very bad one.”


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    2. XianGe

      XianGe Senior Member Pioneer Generation

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      tis one oso wanna bring up?
       
    3. Vritsme

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      Money money money.

      Money makes their (leeches in white) world goes round. Money is never enough for them under the greedy immoral, selfish scum ccb bapok tua pinky. There goes ... charge teachers for parking. Do they pay parking fees at Parliament House and Istana??? Burn more goon chuah for pinky next time it mati.
       
    4. rtfm38

      rtfm38 Senior Member Pioneer Generation

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      teachers already OT like crazy without extra pay and now they want them to pay for carpark.

      jeezz this government.
       
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      yawnz tis pap wayang ish quite boring riaos
       
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      Money is number 1 priority of PAP.

      These SB70 teachers voted for it.
      So i dont wish to hear anymore complaints.:rolleyes:
       
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    7. Satki

      Satki Senior Member Pioneer Generation

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      Rc free parking should be removed or make it taxable
       
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    8. Mata Blotoh

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      Marine Parade GRC Member of Parliament Seah Kian Peng - the question here is ARE YOU SO FUCKING DUMB and FULL OF DUNGS, or Are you SO FUCKING STEWPIG and here for Wayang Kulit?? Either doesn't matter!!

      Here tell us which set of Good Character does ANY of THE FUCKING JIBAI CORRUPT Greedy pap mps possess, as you had commented, your words are for currying favour with the ShittyCents SB 70 for voting the CORRUPT pap mps, or for pleasing yourself - once is impactfool enough!!

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      Why a FUCKING well trained CORRUPT dog as yourself refuse to continue in reciting the mantra ( Perhaps you need the BIG Stick to whack one on your FUCKING head with a PLONK and despicabLEE once is IMPACTFOOL enough ) - Whats wrong with collecting more money?? Or your clown act was for the pleasure of your fellow CORRUPTLEAGUES and did you receive bak sau, bak sau, yeah,,,,,......
       
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      If they voted for it, now they are tasting their fruits...
       
    11. Satki

      Satki Senior Member Pioneer Generation

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      Mp should be taxed on all benefits
       
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    12. Vritsme

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      Agree. We know this won't happen for they are in it for self serving. Self before country and nation.
       
    13. dysentry

      dysentry Senior Member Pioneer Generation

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      wah this seah declare war on education and finance ministars

      more infighting is good
       
    14. Papala

      Papala Junior Member Pioneer Generation VIP

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      All scared liao
      Scared teacher nxt time dun vote them
      Dun help gov brainwash the student
      All end up like jib kar kia
      Now better por the ppl power 1st
       
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      Teachers should get additional increment tis year
       
    17. stillgottheblues

      stillgottheblues Senior Member Pioneer Generation VIP

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      In fact they should make teachers pay back all the years of free parking they had enjoyed! These leeches are wasting tax players money!
       
    18. acehollowman

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      U can choose not to be teacher.
       
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    19. Sofero

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      lol bn lost can make them so scared.
      just imagine what having them losing some more votes in GE will do? but sb70 r too dumb to make this choice.
       
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    20. recon_doge

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      end of the day, pinky will ask that guy, so parking you wanna pay for them?
       
    21. metalrover

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      Who the teachers voted for?
       
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    22. Papala

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      Ya hor , why no one dare to say this in parliament ah

      No teacher = no school
      Student happy

      Every 1 teacher dun vote pappy = 40 potention student will vote pappy
       
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      “For too long, we have made decisions based more on an economic compass, as if the use of one dollar has the moral equivalence of the loss of another,”
      Funny coming from same team that say $1 = $1 worth of dignity.
       
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      Reposting for sb70 with goldfish memory:
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