Non-citizens’ school fees up 200% = 10-year high new citizens/PRs?

I refer to the article “School fees for non-Singapore citizens to go up” (Straits Times, Oct 18).

It states that “School fees for Singapore permanent residents and international students will go up over the next three years, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Tuesday (Oct 17).

From 2018 to 2020, primary, secondary and pre-university school fees will increase by $25 to $60 a month for permanent resident students, and by $25 to $150 a month for international students.

This means that permanent resident pupils will see monthly primary school fees increase from the current $130 to $155 in 2018, $180 in 2019 and $205 in 2020, while international pupils from non-Asean countries will pay $750 a month by 2020, an annual increase of $50.

Secondary school fees for permanent residents will nearly double from the current monthly fee of $200 to $380 in 2020, with an annual increase of $60 in monthly fees.

The release of the fee schedule for the next three years is to provide greater certainty and enable parents to plan for the financing of their children’s studies in MOE schools, the ministry said.

Today so different from Straits Times?

In contrast, the same news story in Today had very interesting remarks – “Earlier this month, Parliamentary Secretary for Education Low Yen Ling told Parliament that about 1,800 applications from international students to enter Primary 1 this year were rejected in the 2016 Primary 1 registration exercise.

TODAY had also reported that figures from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) show as of end-August, there were about 76,000 international students on Student’s Pass who are enrolled in private and government-run schools and institutions, including the polytechnics and universities in Singapore. In 2008, the number stood at close to 100,000, previous reports stated. The ICA issues the Student’s Pass for foreigners applying to study here.

Ministry can’t answer a simple question?

Asked previously whether the ministry had turned away more applicants in the last few years and about the intake of foreign students, MOE would only say international students form about 5 per cent of the total student population in the last few years.”

No answer – so we guess lah?

In view of the non-disclosure and non-transparency, despite being asked by the Today journalist – we may for arguments’ sake – try to look at the possible “worst-case scenario” statistics as follows:-

… “1,800 applications from international students to enter Primary 1 this year were rejected in the 2016 Primary 1 registration exercise” – maybe prior to this year – 0 applications were rejected?

… “international students form about 5 per cent of the total student population in the last few years” – maybe the percentage is now at an all-time high? (In this connection, it has been estimated that about a third of the total public universities’ students are non-Singaporeans, which is possibly the highest in the world for public universities)

How much increase in revenue?

What is the estimated total additional revenue from this fee increase?

In this connection, the estimated total additional revenue was about $98 million a year, in the January 2013 fees increase for non-citizens.

Increase in non-citizens’ fees, but no decrease for Singaporeans?

Whilst the principle of further differentiating fees by citizenship is a valid one, why is it that when fees are increased (be it school fees, university fees, healthcare fees, etc), the fees for Singaporeans were also invariably raised (increase in schools’ miscellaneous fees in January 2013)?

Why not keep Singaporeans’ fees at the status quo, or better still, reduce them?

Since so much more may be collected from increasing fees for PRs and foreigners (about $150 million (worse-case scenario estimate since there is no transparency and disclosure)) – it  does not make equitable economic sense for Singaporeans not to benefit from such increases, and indeed may have eventually end up having to pay more too (like in January 2013).

And of course – university tuition fees for Singaporeans have been increasing almost every year too, despite the huge increase in revenue from the increase in fees for non-citizens.

150% increase in fees?

As to the fees increase – I understand that compared to 2011 – for example, the annual fee for a foreign JC and secondary student has increased by over $10,000 and $7,000 respectively, or over 150 per cent to $17,400 and $11,400 respectively, from 1 January next year.

300% increase in fees by 2020?

By 2020 – the increase for foreign JC and secondary will be a whopping over $14,000 and $12,000 respectively, or over 200 to almost 300 per cent, to $21,000 and $16,800 respectively.

“Forced” to become new citizens/PRs?

So, did these huge increase in fees contribute to the at least 10-year highs in the number of new citizens and new PRs granted last year?

Ministry’s message to students?

By the way – what kind of message are we sending to our students, when the Ministry is arguably, non-transparent when it was apparently asked a simple question on the statistics by a Today journalist?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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10 Responses to “Non-citizens’ school fees up 200% = 10-year high new citizens/PRs?”

  • Amos exposed PAP hypocrisy:

    This is not the full picture. It is a misleading “half-truth”. It is another “spin” from PAP.

    Many non-citizens would not care if goes up even higher because they get FULL SCHOLARSHIP using Singaporean taxpayers’ money. Hundrads of millions are spent on them each year.

    For the Government it is not loss giving scholarships to foreigners because they also own the schools so it they are in effect paying themselves- “left pocket to right pocket”.

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  • Wayang 2017:

    Like tat funding for scholarships would have to be increased and S’poreans would have to pay more in taxes and other levies.

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  • Amos exposed PAP hypocrisy:

    Amos exposed PAP hypocrisy:
    This is not the full picture. It is a misleading “half-truth”. It is another “spin” from PAP.

    Many non-citizens would not care if goes up even higher because they get FULL SCHOLARSHIP using Singaporean taxpayers’ money. Hundrads of millions are spent on them each year.

    For the Government it is not loss giving scholarships to foreigners because they also own the schools so it they are in effect paying themselves- “left pocket to right pocket”.

    Conclusion: The real LOSERS are Singaporeans and Singaporean taxpayers. So if you voted for PAP you deserve to be screwed.

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  • Anonymous incognito:

    Not quite about the scholarships.
    In reality the govt has soured on the international students going to the govt schools. The kids just aren’t good enough and are dragging down the PISA score. Further these kinds can’t handle the pressure cooker.
    So the govt wants those kids to go to international schools or out.
    Of course the genius govt deluded itself if it thinks the kids will go but the parent’s stay. What’ll happen is to trigger a labour shortage as many will refuse to go to Singapore if they can’t get their kids to a school

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  • Feel Rich:

    This is good.
    This is like reading CPF statements to feel rich.
    This is looking at non-citizens schools fees to feel being subsidised a lot.
    Singaporeans all very rich, all very lucky to have such a good government that takes care of them.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    Anonymous incognito:
    Not quite about the scholarships.
    In reality the govt has soured on the international students going to the govt schools. The kids just aren’t good enough and are dragging down the PISA score. Further these kinds can’t handle the pressure cooker.
    So the govt wants those kids to go to international schools or out.
    Of course the genius govt deluded itself if it thinks the kids will go but the parent’s stay. What’ll happen is to trigger a labour shortage as many will refuse to go to Singapore if they can’t get their kids to a school

    A brilliant observation! The S’pore public school system is rigged by the PAP for their metric gaming ie. PISA scores to show off to the international stage. This is just like the govt’s gaming of GDP growth performance metrics ie. foreigner immigration influx to drive up GDP consumption numbers & Infrastructural spending to boost GDP investment figures. They need to game the GDP growth metric because their 8 month KPI bonuses were contingent on their beating the GDP growth numbers. Also S’pore GDP growth numbers help the PAP to retain their AAA sovereign rating.
    Not all foreign parents would want their children going through the international school system; one, it is very expensive for the parent’s household budgets; & two, some may want their children to experience the vaunted S’pore public school educational system without realizing that the public schools themselves don’t teach but outsourced education to the parents. The local parents themselves have to invest on their kids with supplementary tuition, after school refresher courses, pursue extra curricular activities (to earn extra ECA points), etc.
    Those who are smart can see through the futility of a rigged system. The rest simply laboured through without realizing that they are have been conned.

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  • Sillypore Is For Everyone:

    We have Indian researchers faking data in NTU and then using Singapore as stepping stones to the west in news lately.

    We have just exposed a Vietnamese ASEAN “scholar” cheating in SMU, nurtured at taxpayers expense.

    We can see that cheating has becoming bigger and younger.
    Such cases of cheating from FTs has not abode but increasing in the last 20 years, where many have gone unreported publicly.

    How many cases of the grades being altered and falsified by such evil talents?
    How many of them are now absorbed into government as civil servants?
    So is it alright to cheat and lie to achieve the desired outcome??
    There are plenty of leading examples set by PAP government. Such dishonorable action is PAP’s mantra?
    What is happening to Oxyley drive? SMRT has improved? CPF money not gone? Flooding is ponding?

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  • LIONS:

    In developed countries which are more CIVILISED,their citizens have FREE EDUCATION unlike SIN CITY where students have to get bank loans for further education even as the squandering PAP G hands hundreds of millions each year to FT-kids

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    Governments, in general, collect taxes, levies and fines in various modes/avenues and without exception, plough it back into the country/republic, to benefit it’s citizens and the future.

    However, in SG ……………………………….
    ***
    *****

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  • Patriot of Temesak:

    We never STOP learning it is a NATURAL PROCESS…a successful marketing manager learn to collect can STOMP to flatten it and sell to can collectors to get a decent meal…an Ex-Immigration officer learn to BEAT the birds to scavenge on UNFINISHED food & drinks @HawkerCenter…A Housewife learn at an age when she should be relaxing to COLLECT card box as a FORM of exercise

    Ya lah!!! Singaporean NEVER stop LEARNING…Not even the greatest DECEIVER on his DEATH bed when he learns to Meditate the Christian way to save his EVIL Soul!!!

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