View Full Version : Don't Use Children To Collect Monies Schools Told By Cassa!

Dr. J George
08-06-2004, 09:08 PM

The Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam, Selangor (CASSA) has come out strongly against several schools in the country who are using school going children to go around collecting donations and sponsorships for school PIBG and other projects!

The response is after CASSA received more than 44 such calls nationwide with complaints.

It is embarrasing to see school managements, local education departments, the PIBGs and others using these students as " collectors of revenue for the schools" instead of encouraging them to study.

Children are walking around making the collections at odd hours at housing estates, shopping malls and coffee shops exposing themselves to all kinds of hazards.

A full report on CASSA's reaction and proof of such activity is expected to be run by Harian Metro with circulation 1 million copies Wednesday June 9th.

Do please get your copies for record purposes!

CS Chua
08-06-2004, 10:41 PM
I agree with Cassa's stand. For too long, schools have been using students for unproductive purposes. They are making beggars out of our children. Parents are forced to contribute as they do not want their child to be shamed or humiliated when they return with small sums. This type of exercise greatly reduce the students' self esteem as they beg and plead with relatives and strangers.

Why can't the government designate more money to the schools? After all we pay our taxes.

09-06-2004, 06:50 PM
Consumer Guru DJG - well done yaar!

I am told the Minister had severe problems from the press on this one at post cabinet today!

Good give them hell for giving our children hell!:D

09-06-2004, 11:49 PM
When the first Walkathon was introduced in Malaysia, it was a challenge between the collector and the contributor to complete a given route of 5-10 miles within a certain time. I remembered collecting from 15 contributors each putting a stake ranging from 50 cents up to $ 2.00 per mile walked (during my time, we have not started to use RM and sen) You can imagine come the day of reckoning, the stakes were very high when you multiply by the number of students involved and the distance walked. At the end of the challenge when the stakes were tallied, the school could have raked in $ 30,000.00. Unfortunately, today the school merely churns out thousand of cards and then forced the children to just collect from anybody any amount. In the PIBG I was involved, I was touched by the poor students coming back with collections of 20 sens, 30 sens and 50 sens against kampung names such as Adik Lah, Ita, Mat Bisikal. On the extreme end, I have one show off parents donating RM 1200 each for his two kids in the school. Come the day to walk, there were just a token of some 50 students running round the vicinty of the school. Within 20 minutes, all are over. There was no excitement at all. What did the children learn? Nothing except to beg. And it is becoming a habit for schools to milk the parents annually with all the XXXXthons they can think of . If the fund raising is done for a worthy cause, by all means do it. I fully do not agree if funds are raised to do projects which in the first place should be undertaken by the government. But the way it is being done today, it looks like all parents are subjected to a double taxation.

10-06-2004, 12:32 PM
I noticed that Harian Metro has carried this issue quite extensively today Thursday June 10th 2004. Good Work.:D