Cabinet takes up private school closures

DECLINING ENROLLMENTS: Premier Su Tseng-chang said the draft act addresses the closure of private senior-high schools and universities struggling to survive

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 20, 2020
By: Lee Hsin-fang and Rachel Lin / Staff reporters

Department of Technological and Vocational Education Director Yang Yu-hui holds up a card showing the conditions that need to be fulfilled as part of a draft bill for disbanding private schools in trouble.
Photo: Lin Hsiao-yun, Taipei Times

The Executive Yuan yesterday passed a draft act to govern the closure of private schools, in a bid to address low enrollment caused by Taiwan’s low birthrate.

The act — which would apply to all private senior-high schools and universities that are struggling to survive due to low enrollment — would authorize the Ministry of Education to set up a fund to help them gradually cease operations; subsidize students’ education, accommodation and transportation expenses; and pay the salaries and insurance of faculty.

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told the weekly Cabinet meeting that the government expects some of these private educational institutions to encounter financial problems within 10 years, but that the act would ensure that their closures are smooth transitions.

The act would also protect students in schools that are closing, he said.   [FULL  STORY]

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