In responding to Mr Leon Perera’s question, the Education Minister revealed that his Ministry expects to collect $8-10 million a year from car parking charges.
Mr Perera a non constituency member of parliament asked the Minister for Education what is the estimated annual revenue that will be derived from the imposition of parking fees for teachers in schools.
The Minister, Mr Ong Ye Kung responded in writing saying:
“The estimated revenue from car park charges collected by our 360 primary schools, secondary schools and junior colleges is estimated to be $8-10 million a year. The revenue will be retained by the schools.”
A huge public uproar ensued after Ministry of Education (MOE) reviewed its carpark policy for schools. With the review, teachers at all national schools and junior colleges will have to pay when they park their vehicles on the school premises starting from 1 August.
To park in uncovered lots, teachers will have to pay for $75 a month during the school term and $15 a month during the school holidays in June, November and December. While, those who wish to park in sheltered lots, have to pay for $100 a month during the school term and $20 a month during school holidays.
For motorcyclists, they will have to pay $13 a month at uncovered carparks during school term and $2 during school holidays. While they have to $14 during school term and $3 during school holidays to be able to park their vehicle in sheltered carpark.
Canteen stall operators, and coaches and instructors who go to schools regularly are said to have to pay for season parking.