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|Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:55 am Post subject: Taiwanese students are not happy
|An MOE official had an egg cracked over her head back in July. Students were angry because the MOE is "calling for the abolition of "learning-centered assistantships" in favor of "employed assistantsaships,"which carry full benefits such as labor insurance and pensions".
Taiwanese students are being squeezed by the MOE and particularly by private universities who offer them inferior courses and worthless degrees at inflated prices. The outcome of this of course is that students are lumbered with mountains of debt. Students from low-income families cannot afford to pay their own way, so are forced to take out loans. These loans need to be paid back, but many students are drowning in debt and find themselves unable to find a good job after graduating. Consequently,
"More than 940,000 Taiwanese are still paying their student loans, and 33,000 of them have requested deferred payment because their monthly salary is less than NT$30,000 (approximately US$927), according to the latest statistics released by Ministry of Education (MOE).
The data shows that 319,254 students applied for student loans in the 2014 academic year, including 17,590 high school students and 301,664 college students.
The students who receive student loans account for 22.5% of the 1.34 million college students in the country. Of the students with debt, 59,768 are enrolled in public schools while more than 240,000 are studying in private universities."
No wonder students are breaking eggs over the heads of MOE officials. They might start breaking a few more over the heads of Presidents/Vice Presidents who run education in the private sector for a profit without any consideration for the financial misery they are causing to the most vulnerable element in society.