A netizen by the name of Lochi shared how his parents stopped paying his school fees because they are of the belief that there is “no future” in polytechnic education.
The 17-year-old year one student from Republic Polytechnic then took to Twitter to crowdfund for his school fees, saying that he had no other choice but to seek help from the public.
He added that he is currently not schooling because his parents stopped paying for his school fees but wishes to continue his polytechnic education.
He needs about $6,200 to pay for his school fees for the whole year.
He added that he had taken up a part-time job to help with his situation – at the time of his latest update, he has managed to raise about $1960.
Lochi said that any amount would be greatly appreciated and offered to show proof of his school fees.
“Poly no future”
According to AsiaOne, Lochi enrolled into Republic Polytechnic earlier this year in April, studying for an Infocomm and security diploma.
He finished the first semester of his first-year studies when his parents made the decision to stop paying his school fees.
They surmised that a polytechnic education has “no future”.
His parents wanted him to take the A-Levels as a private candidate or go to an international school.
His father was initially fine with his polytechnic education, but then his mother threatened to return to Sri Lanka if her husband continued to pay his school fees.
The payments then stopped.
Recipient of Tuition Grant
Lochi is also the recipient of MOE’s Tuition Grant, where he has to pay a penalty fee of $8,000 if he doesn’t complete his course of study.
He has also sought the help of MPs, with Republic Polytechnic also in contact with him to provide assistance.
Editor’s note: I’m sure your parents mean well, but your mother threatening to leave the family over your choice of study? That’s dark…
Images source: Google Maps