The day I asked if the school is sucking blood

I forget to relate this incident at SXI. My # 3 son is going to enter Form One at St. Xavier Institution. Today, Saturday, they have an orientation day for parents and it is compulsory for parents to attend. Chey…like we do not know the rules and regulations meh? Third kid already, we hampalang rules also broken already mah……My hubby kena ‘meet the teacher more than me because I couldn’t wake up so early. He meets the counsellor, meets the discipline master’ many times already. I also personally kena went to see the handsome jugak discipline teacher to collect back the skateboard that my son skate in school. Biasa ler, if you have sons, you better be prepared for these sort of things or else you can die of heart attack.

Usually, it is like this. If the teacher is a spinster single female teacher, my sons and I will fast fast send the handsome papa to meet her. We told hubby to charm her so that she won’t give warning letter for the ponteng class. And hor, just between my readers and I, sometimes hubby came back and privately told me, “Aiyor….how they select people to become teachers ah? I talk to them, I also want to cry already. Imagine the students have to bear with them everyday.” But of course, there are many nice teachers in SXI still. Many of them are very dedicated. (better bodek to cover my arse)

Anyway, back to the first day of Form One. Last few weeks, we went to register my #3 son. And they asked us to pay for a bag that costs RM25! DUA PULUH LIMA RINGGIT!

Being an accountant, my hubby pun query lah, “Wah…just cheap cloth bag, also RM25? ”

Woman admin : No……must buy. Compulsory.

Hubby : Why compulsory? Bag only wor….

Woman admin beginning to tulan : No……got badges, got ties, got belt inside.

Hubby : Chey…ties and badges only? I got plenty at home already. I got two older sons here, they got a lot of ties and badges, all still new. Belt? I can buy from Kim Novak (cheap uniforms shop), I think only RM3.50.

Woman admin lagi si peh tulan, face turning black : No….the belt got SXI logo. You where can buy from outside?

Hubby : (also start to tulan) Wait lah, I think about it first. RM25 so expensive.

Woman admin about to have a fit, eyes rolled up and pengsan on the classroom floor.

I pun kepoh lah….I hate the idea of my son without a belt with SXI logo mah…Later, teachers make life difficult for him how?

So, I opened my big mouth and asked woman admin.

“Eh, this RM25, who earns it? I hope you don’t mind but if this is for charity or something, then, we don’t mind paying. Which club gets the profit? For the students?”

Wuah…the woman admin almost strangle me with the belt. I asked nicely mah, not that I doubt they masuk poket or what. But I am freaking sure it is for raising funds. So I want to know who gets the fund.

She said, “What profit? This is not for making profits. This one from the Parents Teachers Association.”

Niamah….in the end, both hubby and I decided not to buy it from woman admin. But later on, my #2 son told me that the badge design is no longer the same as their batch because they have some yellow colour or something. We quietly went to the bookshop and gwai-gwai bought the farking RM25 plastic bag. Very reluctant but cincai lah. We don’t want my #3 son to be the only school freak without a belt with SXI logo mah..Tiu, where got school suck blood like this one? Badge got logo, belt got logo, tie got logo….May as well, hampalang go burn a logo on all the butts of SXI students lah, like labelling the kerbaus likedat.

15 thoughts on “The day I asked if the school is sucking blood

  1. RM25??? OMG! Costs so much to maintain kids schooling nowadays. My aunt was lamenting the fact also recently – clothing / tuition / pocket money / incidentals / kids’ dating $$$ / toys / etc


  2. I think the school has no right to force you to buy all that things. I was briefed yesterday not to force parents to buy things that they cannot afford. Parents can actually lodge complaints to the ministry.

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  3. Aiya, it’s been like that since time immemorial. I remember when I was in Primary school (yes, SXI), we had to ‘donate’ some money to the school for the extension of the school canteen. By the way, the last time I was there, the school canteen never got extended. I wonder where the heck our money went…

  4. u better sneak up quietly onto the parent teacher association committee board. $25 not a lot but i think it’s the approach tht went wrong, at least some clarification will be more persuasive. u thnk this is extortion, ask any football fan abt the FA club jerseys….. the original one costs more than an arm n a leg and yet the clubs change the jersey like every freaking week…!!
    lilian, it’s 2009… ho sim lah… go tar pou 1 teh tarik for the woman admin…

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  5. rm 25 only ma… queitly pay la so that yr son no 3 dont kena fr teacher.
    my girl in the interact club got to buy a grey shirt that cost rm25 just for the installation and never use again for last yr. some more must buy/match with a black skirt and a black shoe.
    in her school, must wear sock with logo. dont remember how much.., rm 10 for 2 or 3 pairs.
    but this is by their co-op.
    my fren daughter was selected to be prefect. teacher sd must buy blue shirt fr professor and match with long skirt. wah lau fortunately one child only. professor – so expensive..
    and i also question her why need to wear long skirt… we no need cover aurat till the feet ma…some more so hot..

  6. It is the word COMPULSORY that sets us off lor. For these type of schools, we parents don’t mind contributing because the Government don’t help one. They only give basic things but chairs and etc, all have to be contributed by the parents, organisation etc. But the blur woman admin, open her mouth already compulsory this, compulsory that, like we don’t know what is compulsory and what is not.

    Anyway, I had been out the whole day, so sorry no time to reply all comments, ok?

    Re PTA, aiyer, I never join PTA because some of the parents are so kiasu, I beh tahan lah.

  7. I could not stop laughing reading your blog about the schoolbag. Yes, educating kids are expensive!

  8. Wah…i like the way you and your husband spiced up/traumatize that woman admin. I was laughing reading it. Otherwise, can you imagine how boring her day will be…

  9. Once they asked us to buy collared t-shirts with a printed school badge on the front pocket. We were allowed to wear that in replace of the school uniform. A friend from other school once asked “why u r not wearing proper school uniform?” My reply was “we’re the ‘stupid x idiot’ (sxi) school, where got uniform wan!”

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