Preschool fee hike irks parents

SINGAPORE - Parents are fighting back against the frequent fee hikes by childcare centres and kindergartens, reported The Straits Times.

Upset with the fee hikes, a group of parents have called for authorities to step in with a committee and oversee the fee adjustments.

A petition has been started by a parent whose child attends a Brighton Montessori childcare centre.

The parent said that the fees of the childcare centre have jumped by 50 per cent over two years - from $850 to $1,275.

He told The Straits Times that the preschool had given him two months' notice for each fee hike.

The parent of three young children had previously voiced his concerns to the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), which oversees childcare centres, in February via a letter, but was yet to receive a reply.

He then started a petition on a parenting forum earlier this month and has received the support of 20 other parents, The Straits Times reported.

He hopes to collect 200 signatures by June and send the petition to MCYS and the Ministry of Education (MOE), which oversees kindergartens.

The petition asks for the hikes to be limited to once every two years.

Parents told The Straits Times that the fee hikes can amount to a few hundred dollars and are a financial burden to them.

The biggest irk that parents have are when fee are increased during the school year, leaving them little choice but to absorb the hike to avoid the hassle of looking for a new school.

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