TL;DR – The outstanding amount is apparently an accumulation from 2 years of non-payment.
Last Thursday (21 November) saw more than 40,000 Primary 6 students receive their 2019 Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) result slips together with their examination certificates.
However, according to netizen Gilbert Goh, one Primary 6 student had been denied of her PSLE report card due to some outstanding fees amounting to $156.
Here is Goh’s post:
In his post, which has since received over 1,700 reactions and more than 2,500 shares, the student had supposedly received only a photocopied version of the result slip, instead of the actual copy, as she was unable to pay the outstanding fee owing to the Ministry of Education (MOE) due to “financial reason.”
Fortunately, a good Samaritan later came forward to pay off her outstanding school fees, and the student was, therefore, able to receive the actual certificate needed to apply for a secondary school.
Like Goh who was outraged by the incident, many netizens were also quick to slam the MOE for being “heartless” and for holding the student’s report card “ransom”.
Some netizens, on the other hand, pointed out that the outstanding amount seemed to be an accumulation from many months of non-payment, suggesting that the fees have not been paid for two years:
Some netizens urged for fellow netizens not to jump to hasty conclusions as there might be more to this than meets the eye, while others pointed out that should the parents and students require some help in relieving their financial stress, there are financial assistance schemes available.
While it is nice to see Goh highlighting the case and facilitating other netizens to help the student in need, we sincerely hope that he’s reaaaaallly genuine and not using his chance to politicise the issue, ya?