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Education Ministry to subsidize students with unemployed parents

Education Ministry to subsidize students with unemployed parents

Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) The Ministry of Education (MOE) launched a "schooling security network" program Wednesday in which various subsidies will be provided to students from households affected by the country's worsening unemployment problem.
The ministry also urged the public to support the program and work with the government to ensure that no students are forced out of school due to financial difficulties.
"`Hand in hand, the nation will not allow any children to discontinue schooling' is not simply a slogan but should be made into a policy, " said Premier Liu Chao-shiuan during a news conference held by the MOE to promote the program.
Liu promised that the program will not only receive funding from the MOE but will also obtain financial support from the rest of the Cabinet.
Minister of Education Cheng Jei-cheng said the program has been introduced in light of a possible surge in the number of students who are forced to drop out of school as more and more parents lose their jobs as a result of the current economic recession.
While the ministry is prepared to inject NT$2 billion (US$60.1 million) to NT$3 billion into the subsidy program, the Cabinet has earmarked another NT$10 billion for the program, Cheng said, adding that the ministry will soon set up a special office to coordinate with schools to accept requests for assistance from needy students.
One of the main targets of the program are students whose parents have been out of work involuntarily for one to six months, with the amounts of subsidy ranging from NT$10,000 to NT$20,000 for undergraduates and NT$8,000 to NT$16,000 for students of senior high schools and senior vocational schools.
Vocational school students whose internship opportunities are affected by the recession will also receive tuition subsidies.
Meanwhile, the qualifications for student loans will be relaxed to include children of workers who have remained involuntarily unemployed for more than one month, while elementary and junior high school students whose parents are on unpaid leave or who have been out of work involuntarily for more than one month will get school lunch subsidies.
(By Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-08-05 02:11 GMT+08:00