My point: More clarity on impact please

The Ministry of Education should be more transparent on the funding cuts for some independent schools.

As a parent, the only information I have is that funding for my child's school will be reduced by no more than 3 per cent ("New formula aims for more equitable school funding" by the Ministry of Education; Tuesday).

What does this figure translate into in practical terms?

If it means no air-conditioning, I am sure not many parents will raise an eyebrow, as we want our country to be environmentally sustainable.

But if it means a reduction in the number and quality of teachers, or loss of important academic activities, then perhaps this is not a wise way to make funding "more equitable".

It is time for the ministry to clarify how the reduction in funding will affect the schools in practical terms.

Lim Hwee Hwee (Dr)


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