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Government introduces 'study safety net' plan

Government introduces 'study safety net' plan

Children of unemployed parents will receive special subsidies to keep them in school as the job situation worsens, the government announced yesterday.
With the number of job seekers breaking through the 500,000 mark and no economic recovery in sight, social welfare groups have expressed fears that parents hit by unemployment would keep their children home from school to save on education expenses.
Under a new package dubbed a "study safety net," parents of a student in higher education unemployed for at least one month and six months at the most, will receive subsidies from NT$10,000 to NT$20,000 per year, the Ministry of Education said.
If the student is in high school, the annual subsidy will range from NT$8,000 to NT$16,000, but the parents' maximum yearly income limit is set at NT$1.14 million. The measures will not discern between students of public and private schools, the ministry said.
Parents unemployed for longer than six months could ask their children to turn to the Cabinet's Council of Labor Affairs for other assistance measures, according to the ministry.
The new package comes on top of subsidy programs already in effect to help students with loans and school lunch expenses. The maximum income limit of NT$1.2 million per year for parents will be waived in the case of loan subsidies, the ministry said.
The program will cost between NT$2 billion and NT$3 billion, the ministry said.


Updated : 2021-04-17 13:42 GMT+08:00