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S’poreans react to PAP Community Foundation raising fees for kindergarten, child care centres after GE2015

S’poreans react to PAP Community Foundation raising fees for kindergarten, child care centres after GE2015

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Three thoughts that must have went past your mind at some point.

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PAP Community Foundation (PCF), the largest pre-school operator here, will be increasing fees for most of its kindergarten and child care centres from next year.

It runs 153 childcare centres and 215 kindergartens in Singapore.

From next year, K2 fees will be S$617.90 a month for Singapore citizens, S$765 for Permanent Residents (PRs) and S$926.80 for foreigners.

For infant care, fees would be S$1235.80 a month for citizens, S$1,530.10 for PRs and S$1,853.70 for foreigners.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “70 percent of Singaporeans approve of this.”
Da Xuan, 46-year-old pre-school teacher

 

sian-half-uncle “It’s a miracle anyone can even afford anything on this island anymore.”
Pok Kai, 64-year-old bankrupt

 

happy-bird-girl “I wouldn’t mind paying for it if the money actually didn’t go into PAP Community Foundation.”
Buay Kam Wan, 17-year-old student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











What the PAP giveth, the PAP taketh away

What the PAP giveth, the PAP taketh away

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Because like the biblical god, they are the almighty that runs every aspect of your negligible lives.

Here are some very basic facts you need to know about childcare and the PAP’s role in it:

Headline of the day: Childcare market is expected to grow in Singapore

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Important fact #1: PAP Community Foundation (PCF) is Singapore’s largest pre-school operator: They run 238 kindergartens and 105 childcare centres

That’s 343 kiddy hangouts in total.

Important fact #2: There are 1,009 childcare centres and about 500 kindergartens in total on this island.

That’s about 1,500 kiddy hangouts in total.

Therefore, the first conclusion we can draw: PAP Community Foundation runs 20 percent of kiddy hangouts in Singapore. While the rest (we assume) are private operators.

(Source: Shift from kindergarten to ‘kindercare’, ST Feb. 13, 2013)

So, we continue…

Important fact #3: Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing announced two weeks ago saying that up to two-thirds of all households in Singapore will benefit from the latest round of childcare subsidies.

Important fact #4: Government expenditure in this area of subsidies will bring the total government spending to about S$360 million.

Therefore, the second conclusion we can draw: Assuming this $360 million subsidy is evenly distributed…

…this means 20 percent of the $360 million is channelled into the PAP Community Foundation?

That’s $72 million.

This means that the Government gives out subsidies and part of that money goes back to the PCF?

How we think PAP feels about their role in all this:

What the PAP giveth, the PAP taketh away

What the PAP giveth, the PAP taketh away