Hi Parents - I know many of you have small children below P1 enrolled in a myriad of international large, small or local preschools / kindergartens, in addition to enrichment courses (sports, music, math/English/language tuition). Our youngest isn’t old enough to have distance learning, but the school is requesting us to pay 100% of the full school term despite a forecasted 2 month break.
I wonder how your school is handling the situation? Obviously they have teachers to pay, rent to pay and overhead. We need our schools to stay in business. I have also read many local businesses are getting some sort of government relief, as are citizens. As non-citizens, we do not qualify for any relief.
I think it is only fair that there is some sort of reduced school term fee taking into account all of the Covid-19 Circuit Breaker and economic situation.
For our older child above P1 in International School
, we have paid the full school term as she has distance learning.
Another question would be on the various enrichment courses, requesting a full term fee despite the lockdown. Some have online courses, but these are definitely not as effective as in-person instruction. One of the programs is only requiring us to pay 60% of the term fee, while continuing with online instruction, which I felt was fair. After all, they don’t have to run aircon, they may have gotten some rent relief or overall government assistance as local businesses.
Given the economic uncertainty, I think all parties need to come to a fair agreement on some kind of reduced term fee. After all, many companies are reducing pay, going on furlough, etc. Parents currently in Singapore: it would be great to hear your inputs on how you are handling the situation.