‘Tapau Please’ by SethLui.com: Epi #024 — Are our kids’ allowance fair and are Singapore school canteen prices justified?

We’re just about to complete the first quarter of 2021, and for so many parents, this year is the first year of formal school for their kids. It can be daunting for both child and parent at the start of the school year, what more after Singapore schools went into full home-based learning for most of 2020. That said, it’s also a task to figure out how best to finance our kids’ school meals—is S$5 per day enough? What if they need to stay back for extra lessons or CCA?

School boy drawing on piece of paper

In the second episode of our second season of ‘Tapau Please’, we look at how different Singapore school allowances were back in, say the ’90s VS today, and also at the school canteen system’s method of pricing their dishes. This episode was inspired by a Facebook post by an ex-school canteen vendor, who explains why low stall rental doesn’t equate to cheap meals.

With all costs incurred to run a school canteen stall, are the dish prices justified? Are we then, as parents, giving a sufficient allowance to our kids?

Have your say, and share in this discussion on our Facebook page. As always, share this episode—and so many others in our previous season—with your friends and family. We’re confident they’ll learn a thing or two about food that they didn’t realise before. ‘Tapau Please’ is available for streaming and downloading on PodbeanSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts.

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