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Teacher shortage looming in Taiwan's universities: official

Teacher shortage looming in Taiwan's universities: official

Taipei, March 10 (CNA) Taiwan can expect a shortage of teachers in its higher education institutions in the next 10 years when 25 percent of the current staff reaches retirement age, a Ministry of Education (MOE) official said Tuesday. Currently, one out of every four full-time teachers in colleges and universities is over 55 years old, Deputy Education Minister Chen Der-hwa (???) said, citing the MOE's latest statistics. He predicted that some 12,000 faculty members will retire within the next 10 years, leading to a shortage of teachers in the country's higher education system. To address the problem, the ministry is drafting a plan to encourage students to enter the world of academia so that they can fill some of the vacancies that will open up at local universities and colleges, Chen said. The ministry will convene a forum of management executives at colleges and universities, scholars and experts soon to discuss the issue, he said. (By Chen Chih-chung and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 01:54 GMT+08:00