Joined: 27 May 2008
|Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:37 pm Post subject: College tuition to rise if GDP growth tops 3%.
|Here's a good idea: If Taiwan's GDP exceeds 3%, let's increase freshman public college fees to 6%. Just do the maths. It all works out in the end, unless you're a poor Taiwanese freshman who has to pay more for a university degree that has no value in the market place whatsoever. Hats off to the illuminated mandarins at the MOE:
The tuition fees for freshman enrolled in public colleges could be hiked 6 percent if Taiwan's gross domestic product (GDP) exceeds 3 percent, according to the latest draft policy published yesterday by the National Academy for Educational Research (NAER).
The Ministry of Education (MOE) said that increasing tuition fees at public colleges is the first stage of the policy, followed by a hike in tuition fees at private colleges.
“Using the GDP as the standard for tuition fees being raised is a confirmed direction made by the MOE,” said the ministry's Ma Hsiang-ping (馬湘萍).
Ma said that the MOE will discuss further details with the Ministry of Economic Affairs regarding this draft.
“The MOE hopes to reduce the tuition fee differences between public and private colleges so only public colleges are included in the draft of the tuition fees increase,” Ma said.
Ma said that the second stage of this policy will be to allow all colleges to adjust tuition fees according to their own plans.
Chang Tao-chi (張道琪), a student representative from National Tsing Hua University, said that many students will refuse to accept the legitimacy of the policy.
“We are planning a movement to fight against this draft because we can not understand the relationship between tuition fee increases and the GDP,” said Chang.
Wu Fu-pin (吳福濱), president of the National Alliance of Parents Organization (全國家長團體聯盟), also said that in order to let people accept tuition fee increases, colleges have to first make their financial affairs public.
The MOE proposed a draft toward the end of last year to adjust college fees. Tuition for public universities and colleges could be increased by 10 percent at most, while tuition for private schools could be raised by 5 percent.
The draft drew strong objections from students, parents and lawmakers, leading the MOE to hold public hearings to collect opinions as references regarding the tuition fees policy.