PTA in the dark over fund-raiser

Friday June 29, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/29/focus/11565207&sec=focus

Recently, my children returned from school with letters endorsed by the PTA chairman seeking donations targeting a large amount of money, almost lavish, for a specific cause.

What came as a surprise to me and other members of the PTA

committee was that, while this donation drive may have been planned by the school, it was never once discussed at any PTA meeting and therefore not agreed to nor recorded in any minutes.

To my knowledge, to seek permission from the Director of Education for any fund-raising activity, the PTA minutes have to be attached to the application.

Since minutes are non-existent, and based on the fund-raising guidelines as circulated by the Education Ministry to schools, there has clearly been a breach of the guidelines. This donation drive should therefore be annulled.

DEPUTY CHAIRMAN PTA

Kuala Lumpur