ST Forum writer says it is right for teachers to pay parking fees

By August 2, 2017Current

TL;DR – Teachers are no different from professionals in other fields, he says.

In a letter to the Straits Times forum, Mr Lim Chee Khiam expresses his thought that it is a right move for the authorities to impose parking charges on all tertiary institutions.

He goes on to explain that teachers are no different from professionals in other fields who also commute daily to their workplace to carry out specific duties and have to put in long working hours too.

Here is his full letter,

It is not a bold step, but a right one, for the authorities to impose parking charges on all tertiary institutions (All polys to charge HDB parking rates; July 29).

With this scheme on the horizon for all public schools, this is not just another right step, but also an equitable one for all drivers here.

Teachers are no different from professionals in other fields. All commute daily to their workplace to carry out specific duties.

I am taken aback that some primary school teachers cited the long hours they spend at school as a reason for owning cars and for being exempted from parking fees.

Long working hours are not uncommon in Singapore and do not affect just teachers.

Public schools are built at taxpayers’ expense and it is justifiable that any use of the compound other than for educational purposes be charged accordingly.

To be honest, now that he has put it in this manner, it does seem pretty fair and logical.

Though there are some who think otherwise,

What do you think? Should teachers (at both primary/secondary schools and tertiary institutions) have to pay for parking? Do we then peg it to private carpark charges? What would be a fair amount?

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