Foreign students ‘tricked’ into work

TAKING ADVANTAGE: The Ministry of Education said it has since last year been aware that employment agencies are recruiting students under an internship program

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 28, 2018
By: Ann Maxon  /  Staff reporter

Hundreds of Southeast Asian students recruited to Taiwanese universities under the

Students from Southeast Asian countries attend a Chinese lesson as part of an internship program at Hsing Wu University in New Taipei City’s Linkou District in an undated photograph.  Photo courtesy of Hsing Wu University

government’s New Southbound Policy have allegedly been tricked into doing illegal work at factories, with some working 10 hours per day, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ko Chih-en (柯志恩) said yesterday.

At least six schools have allegedly collaborated with employment agencies and companies to make their students provide cheap labor, Ko told a meeting of the Legislative Yuan’s Education and Culture Committee.

One school, which she later identified as Hsing Wu University in New Taipei City’s Linkou District (林口), arranged for its students to work 10 hours per day, four days per week at an optics manufacturer, she said.

“They had to stand for 10 hours and package 30,000 contact lenses every day” and were banned from taking any leave, she said.

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