By: Chen Chih-Chung, Chung Yu-chen and Christie Chen
Taipei, June 28 (CNA) Chienkuo Technology University in Changhua County and a manpower brokeron Friday denied charges made by the Ministry of Education (MOE) a day earlier that they were complicit in having overseas students work excessive hours.
In a statement issued Friday, the school disputed the findings of an MOE investigation into the case, saying that the school never forced the students to work and did not make inappropriate deductions for expenses from students' salaries.
The MOE said on Thursday that it suspected that the treatment of the students by the university and the broker may have violated the criminal code, leading it to hand the case over to prosecutors.
The ministry's suspicions were initially raised in mid-June when 19 first-year Indonesian students at the school told the ministry they were being forced to work excessive hours and had their passport and residence permit confiscated by a university-recommended broker. [FULL STORY]