Terminal Fees

No it has got nothing to do with Terminal illness or disease! Neither do I understand why it was called Terminal Fees instead of Miscellaneous Fees for schools in the 70s;

This was the receipt of my Miscellaneous Fees of $1 when I was in Pri.3 in 1971 at Beatty Primary School. I remembered that at that time, teachers have to spend quite a lot of time to collect the “School Fees” (we used to call them School Fees instead of Misc. Fees), instead of teaching. I loved such free time every month during fees collection period.

Well compared the Misc. Fees of $1 at that time to now – see the increased in fees over time!

So do you know why is it called Terminal Fees in the past?

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5 Responses to “Terminal Fees”


  1. 1 HamBearGer Friday, March 16, 2007 at 11:36 am

    How come you only pay $1? I still have some 1967 and 1968 copies with me. They were $3.

  2. 2 peter Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 10:50 am

    Yah that’s true. I paid S$3 for Sports, Library, Handwork & Science in 1961 for Primary 1 for 1 term. In 1 year there were 3 terms so 1 year total fees = $9/-.

    If I am not wrong there were pupils who only needed to pay the nominal $1 because the government subsidized for students from poorer social background. I think they call it social welfare cases. In some cases they also received free milk.

    HambearGer, do you have an email address? You can contact me at profkinsgfield2004@yahoo.com.sg

  3. 3 laokokok Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    I’m not too sure why I paid only $1 but I’m not the only one. Majority of the classes also paid the same amount. Maybe there were some changes after 1969.

  4. 4 HamBearGer Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 8:21 am

    peter, your e-mail address doesn’t work. Message I sent all bounced back.

  5. 5 laokokok Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    HamBearGer, maybe you can try gmail instead of yahoo using the same before the @. He gave me the email is gmail and there isn’t another problem.


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