Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Charity or not Charity ? Profit or Non-Profit ?

It is time for GIIS+GIF to have whistleblower protection
F.A.Q

  1. Is GIF (Foundation) a charity ? Ans. Yes. GIF is registered as a charity.
  2. Is GIIS (School) a charity ? Ans. No. GIIS, as registered under company registration laws, is not a charity.
  3. Is GIF (Foundation) a non-profit ? Ans: Yes. GIF has sufficiently high expenditure (!) and does not pay out dividends, so as to maintain non-profit status.
  4. Is GIIS (School) a non-profit ? Ans: No. GIIS makes profit and is legally permitted to do so.
But: These facts above do not give GIF (exact words are: any charity that is "doing good"), "the license to operate in anyway convenient", if we go by Mr Gerard Ee, current Chairman of NKF (Straits Times 19/07/2008).

Many Singapore charities are under the scanner. Last week, the former Chairman of Ren Ci was "charged with forgery, conspiracy and misuse of funds". Report of 16 July Channel NewsAsia:

Former Chairman of Ren Ci has been charged with forgery, conspiracy and misuse of funds.

The ex-Chairman faces charges for alleged criminal breach of trust, one count of forgery for the purpose of cheating, and one count of abetment for allegedly falsifying accounts.

He also faces six charges under the Charities Act for allegedly providing false information over a decade.

Two of his associates, Raymond Yeung and Phua Seow Hua, were also alleged to have gone into conspiracy with the venerable and were also charged in court on Tuesday.

This is the second case in Singapore where a large charity and its leaders have been charged with mismanaging funds. The first was the National Kidney Foundation and its ex—CEO, TT Durai.
(SPH report by cheekin@sph.com.sg)

The Straits Times report on charities [by Radha Basu, radhab@sph.com.sg] "Back on their feet again" should ease all worry of us parents who are shocked by documents on GIIS and GIF regarding fees and funds collected. [Refer to our earlier articles on 2005 accounts, 2006 accounts, fee rise analysis -Ed].

Singapore being not a 'noisy' place (as compared to India), means that most of us expat Indian parents will just stay silent. [as long as they wanted to continue in the school without undue pressure. -Ed] Anyway, if this was in India, parents could have screamed aloud but managements would still go scot free, with all their money and connections to pull ! In Singapore you don't scream, you have to show patience, but ultimately there is faith in the system that those who do wrongs will not go free. It is a matter of time.

NKF saga dragged on for 3 years. Ultimately law and order prevailed. Parents should be happy, how swiftly cleanup was initiated with minimum disturbance to NKF patients. Which means, in the event of a probe on GIIS+GIF, students, teachers and parents have nothing to fear or worry about. We can expect the authorities to haul up those who did wrongs, or abetted wrongs or neglected their duty to prevent wrongs, but day to day operation will continue smoothly.

From the ST report:
"July 2005. NKF CEO T.T. Durai's lawsuit against Singapore Press Holdings leads to revelations that he has a $600,000 annual salary and travels first-class.

The NKF is also found to have inflated patient figures. Further scrutiny reveals that only 10 cents in every donation dollar go to patients.

In a culmination of court proceedings that drag on for three years, Durai goes to jail to serve a three-month corruption sentence in June 2008, nearly three years after the scandal erupted."

NKF's new Chairman Mr Gerard Ee said:
'Often charities forget that they are enterprises with a social mission. Just because they are doing good is not licence to operate in any way convenient.'

Whistleblower Protection

Other ST reports [Not on website. 'Road to Recovery', 19/07/2008 Radha Basu radhab@sph.com.sg & Janice Heng janiceh@sph.com.sg] mentioned Whistleblower Protection: A policy which protects employees who report wrongdoing. Prof Mak Yuen Teen (expert in governance and ethics at NUS, who also helped to clean up NKF and SATA) said that whistleblower protection "is especially important for charities", and "routine internal audits don't always pick the problems". SATA's previous CEO was found guilty and asked to go after a scandal in 2005 (a private company registered by the CEO came to light), but now, the "new" SATA protects whistleblowers.

NKF ans SATA are stronger as a result.

As well meaning parents, we suggest GIIS and GIF authorities, principals, board, management, auditors, finance professionals, and all advisors (whether inactive or active) to take note of the above and do the right thing. It is never too late.

[If you are interested in knowing about legally protected whistleblowing, governance and ethics, please read this article by Prof Mak Yuen Teen. Highly recommended. -Ed]

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Friday, July 11, 2008

GIIS Queenstown CBSE Std 10 Results 2008 : Full Facts

(We are sorry for the delay in completing this since Bala's departure. The blog/forum is short of volunteers and seems moving towards a natural death.)
Dear Parents,

We have all received the Newsletter No 217 from GIIS on CBSE Std 10 results for 2008.

At the same time, if you read this blog regularly, you also know that GIIS has covered up the CBSE Std 12 results for 2008 so far - no newsletter, no announcement. GIIS Management does not want you to know. But we brought you the full information here: Class XII Results.

Similarly you may know that IB results for 2008 are out, and is being covered up, even though one student, Ms Apoorva Sachdev, has scored a brilliant 100%. We congratulate Apoorva for her brilliant performance, achieved in spite of all the drawbacks and distractions of being in GIIS.

We have posted below, the full detail of Std 10 results for GIIS QT for 2008. It shows that average performance dropped compared to 2007 for the major academic subjects. The Newsletter told us a different story. So we know that Newsletter No. 217 contains a statistical lie.

COMPARISON OF AVERAGE RESULTS 2007 and 2008 for important Subjects
Subject Average in 2007 Average in 2008 Difference
Maths 87 85 -2
Science 83 82 -1
Soc. Studies 90 85 -5

Question: Why did average marks drop ?
According to newspaper reports, all-India average marks went up !

According to the report in The Hindu 28th May: Class X marks have gone up all over India in 2008.
“The initial feedback has been that the mean marks in different subjects have improved and there has been a good average performance. The pass percentages have increased in the three subjects in which High Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) was introduced (Maths, Science, Social Science),” said the CBSE chairperson. from The Hindu 30th May report.

GIIS Management, Mr GSS Rao, Mr Temurnikar, would you like to explain how GIIS bucks the trend ? And how you transformed a drop in performance into an "OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC FEAT (Title of Newsletter 217)" ?

Details below:


















Name. Engl Hindi Tamil French Urdu Maths Sci S.St Addl addl. subj Total1 Total2
1 A G 90 94
99 88 99 79 EB 470 549
2
G K 90

88
95 96 97 78 EB 466
544
3

S K 94 86


96 93 96 73 EB 465
538
4
A B 92 79


98 98 97 63 EB 464
527
5
D G 91

88



99 89 95 97 In.IT 462

559
6

R Gh87 93




96 90 95 98 In.IT 461



559
7



Kr S 94



85







98 89 95 70 EB 461



531
8



Pr N 91







83



95 95 93 97 In.IT 457



554
9



Sr Su 86



92







89 91 96 97 In.IT 454



551
10
Sw S 90 89

94 86 95 78 Ptng 454
532
11
Al Dh 87 90



95 93 88 75 EB 453
528
12
Sa M 88 87

97 88 93 73 EB 453
526
13



T S 86





81


94 94 94 74 EB 449



523
14



U P 90 89





95 90 85 99 In.IT 449



548
15



Sri 81



88







98 88 94 77 Ptng 449


526
16



C S 78 90











95 93 91 82 EB 447



529
17



A K 90 81











95 95 85 99 In.IT 446



545
18



N B 86 88











91 84 95 64 EB 444



508
19



A Gos. 81 88











89 90 95 100 In.IT 443



543
20



Ne K 87 86











85 90 94 72 EB 442



514
21



R Ar 81 81











90 91 97 99 In.IT 440



539
22



Vi D 86 79











95 86 94 95 In.IT 440



535
23



Am S 83







81



98 91 86 100 In.IT 439



539
24



Me Ti 86 83











95 90 85 61 EB 439



500
25



Sa Ba 82 90











95 85 80 69 EB 432



501
26



Sh Ga 86



73







95 85 93 99In.IT432



531
27



V Sr 82







80



91 91 86 99 In.IT 430



529
28



J Al 84 80





88 89 89 57 EB 430
487
29
Su Ba 83

71
95 88 90 51 EB 427
478
30
Pr Ra 87

81
77 85 95 99 In.IT 425



524
31



Pr Ma 92







76



87 93 77 56 EB 425



481
32



A L N 81



86







78 92 87 100 In.IT 424



524
33



Sri I 82



90







95 87 69 98 In.IT 423



521
34



Su R 86
89







80 81 86 97 In.IT 422



519
35



B Se 90



82







82 74 93 73 EB 421



494
36



Va Pa 80 75








92 87 86 65 EB 420



485
37



Pr Bh 81 78











90 89 81 82 EB 419



501
38


Ay Si 77 83
87 82 89 100 In.IT 418



518
39



An B 84 82











83 73 95 97 In.IT 417

514
40



Pa Ch 88 76











90 85 77 95 In.IT 416



511
41



Shr Me 87 72











84 87 85 96 In.IT 415



511
42



Ka Mu 72 85







75 90 92 99 In.IT 414
513
43



Aa si 90 80






86 85 73 65 Ptng 414


479
44



Ach 86



81







95 81 71 55 EB 414

469
45
Ak Me 90

59



95 80 85 95 In.IT 409



504
46



Ri Ga 80 79



84 87 77 67 EB 407
474
47

Pra D 79 87





80 77 83 59 EB 406
465
48
Ras R 75 78 91 86 75 98 In.IT 405



503
49



Sh Bo 74







64



94 83 89 96 In.IT 404



500
50



M Pu 73 90











85 73 78 98 In.IT 399



497
51



Vi Pr 86 80











70 74 86 96 In.IT 396



492
52



Chi Th 83 80











73 73 85 66 EB 394



460
53



La So 84



70







85 70 83 91 In.IT 392



483
54



Na Pa 80 70











71 74 92 61 EB 387



448
55



Sau Bi 87 78











61 77 78 94 In.IT 381



475
56



Sun Ka 74



80







90 63 71 60 EB 378



438
57



Sid Ra 85







55



66 76 94 62 EB 376



438
58



Pr Ma 90 57











76 75 78 96 In.IT 376



472
59



Saa H 83











55 82 82 69 60 EB 371



431
60



Di Bh 88







53



71 71 85 62 EB 368



430
61



Arv Ka 83



64







68 76 75 46 EB 366



412
62



Kr N 72







63



83 75 72 96 In.IT 365



461
63



Ro Jo 66 70











74 76 76 93 In.IT 362



455
64



Ca Ly 80







58



65 78 81 58 Ptng 362



420
65



Say Ba 75







51



90 78 58 95 In.IT 352



447
66



Thy R 76







40



92 70 73 67 EB 351



418
67



Ad R 81







50



87 59 71 95 In.IT 348



443
68



Pu Ta 66 63











67 54 85 64 EB 335



399
69



Se Ni 75







50



61 59 86 56 EB 331



387
70



Ash Vi 78



61







48 53 75 61 EB 315



376
71



Su Sh 70 60











48 52 72 93 In.IT 302



395
72



Ma Na 73 42











48 50 70 58 EB 283



341


Average/Highest/Lowest by Subject












Engl. Hindi Tamil French Urdu Maths Sci S.St Addl























Tot. 5981 3118 1129 1184 55 6121 5888 6130 5795























Avg. 83.07 79.95 80.64 65.78 55 85.01 81.78 85.14 80.49























Highest 94 94 92 88



99 98 99 100























Lowest 66 42 61 40



48 50 58 46



Average/Highest/Lowest for Addl. Subjects
Addl. Subject Average Highest Lowest
Introduction to IT 96.94 100 91
Elements of Business 67.29 82 46
Painting 75 78 58
Comparison of school's performance, 2007 vs 2008 (in 3 major subjects)
Major Subject Average in 2007 Average in 2008 Difference
Maths 87 85 -2
Science 83 82 -1
S Studies 90 85 -5