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Charity calls for help for underprivileged high school students

Charity calls for help for underprivileged high school students

Taipei, July 30 (CNA) More than 30 percent of high school students supported by a charity in Taiwan do paid work for more than two hours each day during term time and twice as long during the summer and winter vacations, according to the results of a new survey.
The survey, released Wednesday by the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF) shows that in order to ease their families' financial burdens, 35 percent of the high school or vocational school students helped by the charity work more than two hours each day and that 40 percent work for more than 120 hours per month on average during the summer and winter vacations.
Sixty-three percent of those students who work after school say their studies are affected by the need to have a part-time job, while 46 percent have given up on attending a higher-level school, the survey found.
The findings were released at a press conference held by the TFCF to appeal for help for school children from underprivileged families by taking part in its program.
If given enough resources related to education, those children tend to perform better at school and will have the chance to find better jobs, which will further help improve their families' financial situation, said TFCF Chief Executive Officer Ho Su-chiu.
The survey found that among the students it supports, 60 percent come from families in which there is fewer than one person in employment and 59 percent come from families that earn a total of less than NT$20,000 (US$635) a month. (By Hsu Chi-wei and Tung Ning)


Updated : 2021-09-26 03:48 GMT+08:00