Overseas-born kids left out of school due to DNA fees

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 19, 2019
By Peng Chien-li and William Hetherington  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A Philippine-Taiwanese couple have said that they have been unable to send their three children to

A Philippine mother, identified only as Mary, is pictured with her children at their home in Miaoli County’s Gongguan Township on Saturday.  Photo: Peng Chien-li, Taipei Times

school since coming to Taiwan in 2014, as they cannot afford the DNA tests required for naturalization.

The children of the Miaoli County family spend their days with their Philippine mother, identified only as Mary, at their home in Gongguan Township (公館), while their father, surnamed Chung (鍾), works as a day laborer, township education officials said.

The eldest — a 13-year-old girl — likely has developmental problems, they said.

Township officials and local police visited the family and said that they would help them find course material for the children to bring them up to speed at school once they are naturalized.

A local school said it had been unaware of the family’s circumstances, adding that it would work with the office to help the children.    [FULL  STORY]

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