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Education ministry to offer subsidies to kids of laid-off workers

Education ministry to offer subsidies to kids of laid-off workers

Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) The Ministry of Education (MOE) announced Wednesday a program to offer academic subsidies to children of jobless workers, particularly those who were laid off in the last six months.
Under the MOE program, public university and college students will be offered subsidies of NT$10,000 (US$300) per year, while those in private universities and colleges will receive NT$20,000 per year.
The program, designed to prevent poor students from dropping out of school, will only cover those whose parents have been laid off for one to six months.
Public high school students will be entitled to subsidies of NT$8,000 per year, while those in private schools will be offered NT$16,000 annually, on condition that their annual family income does not exceed NT$1.14 million.
High school students whose parents have been out of work for more than six months will be eligible to apply to the Council of Labor Affairs for similar subsidies.
Vocational high school students who in recent months lost their training opportunities at factories affiliated with their schools will receive full tuition subsidies from the MOE. Their peers whose families' annual income is less than NT$600,000 are entitled to the same treatment.
Students whose families earn an annual income of between NT$600,000 and NT$800,000 will be entitled to half tuition subsidies, and those from families with an income of more than NT$800,000 annually will be offered NT$10,000 per year.
The MOE will also ease the requirements for student loan applications, allowing students of laid-off parents to apply for such loans with the approval of their schools, regardless of the income level of their families.
In addition, the ministry will bear the full cost of lunches and sundry fees for students at elementary and junior high schools if families are struck by disaster, and as long as their teachers approve the cases.
To more effectively assist students in need, the MOE said, it would welcome donations from the public to help poor students continue their education.
Setting an example, Minister of Education Cheng Jui-cheng donated one month's salary to the cause, and nearly 400 MOE staff members each contributed one day's pay.
The MOE has set up a special account at Hua Nan Bank to collect donations to help students who have emergency needs, and it will soon open a new office to deal with issues related to its new education tuition subsidy program.
(By Flor Wang)




Updated : 2021-06-19 06:21 GMT+08:00