Six hundred students died and 3,460 were injured in 2,941 accidents on school grounds or while traveling to or from school during the 1999 academic year, which ended last June, a report released by the Ministry of Education (MOE) yesterday said. \nThe fatal accidents include deaths or injuries caused by traffic accidents and injuries caused during school activities and suicides. The numbers represent a 42 percent increase over figures for the 1998 academic year. Accidents on school grounds went up last year by 51 percent. \nThe report said that 669 accidents could be attributed to insufficient security facilities on school grounds. \nAnother report released by Kaohsiung Kai-suan Psychiatric Hospital (高雄凱旋醫院) and Taichung Veterans General Hospital (台中榮民總醫院) said that, among students between 10 and 19 years old, accidents accounted for 44 percent of deaths. Cancer was the second leading cause of death at 6 percent, while suicide accounted for 3.5 percent of fatalities. \nIn response to the new figures, Minister of Education Ovid Tzeng (曾志朗) said young people were clearly growing up unable to cope with pressure and frustration and that it was teachers' responsibility to educate students about life and how to cherish it. \nTzeng declared this year "life education year," saying the ministry would develop new teaching materials that emphasize "the value of life." \nChen Ying-hao (陳英豪), a former head of the department of education under the Taiwan provincial government, currently working with the MOE, said the education ministry has drawn up plans for the four-year "life education" program, which will target mainly high school students. \nTo avoid violence and suicides among teenagers, An Tien-shiang (安天祥), an instructor at the Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University (師大附中) said that students are under enormous pressure from school work and that teachers needed to pay constant attention to students' emotional status and said more counseling resources should be available to students.
HONG KONG SECURITY: The president blasted regulations requiring Taiwanese agents or political organizations to provide information on their Hong Kong-related activities President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday warned of countermeasures should controversial Chinese national security legislation imposed on Hong Kong undermine or harm Taiwanese interests. Article 43 of the legislation empowers the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to serve written notices to Taiwanese political organizations or individual agents to furnish information on their Hong Kong-related activities, including their personal particulars, finances, assets, expenditure and capital in the territory. Failure to comply or providing false or incomplete information can result in a fine of HK$100,000 (US$12,903) or imprisonment of six months or two years respectively. Tsai said that Taiwan would keep a close watch on how
PROBE LAUNCHED: An officer who served as a supervisor in the drill died in an apparent suicide after the accident, which was caused by unexpected waves Two marines who were on Friday injured in a military exercise in the waters off Kaohsiung passed away yesterday, Navy Command said. The marines — surnamed Tsai (蔡), 26, and a sergeant surnamed Chen (陳), 36 — were in a seven-member Marine Corps team that encountered rough seas during a simulated response to enemy forces landing on Taiwan. Their rubber craft overturned in waters off Taoziyuan (桃子園) beach in Zuoying District (左營), injuring four of the marines. They were rushed to hospital, where three of them — Tsai, Chen and a 34-year-old sergeant — were taken to an intensive care unit
MORAL COURAGE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged the global community to face China’s intention to subdue Taiwan and reject such irrational requests The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday strongly condemned the Chinese government for meddling with US officials’ interactions with Taiwan after FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed China’s efforts to discourage US officials from visiting Taiwan. The greatest long-term threat to the US’ information security and intellectual property, as well as its economic vitality, is China’s counterintelligence and economic espionage operations, Wray told a video event at the Hudson Institute in Washington. Beijing is engaged in a highly sophisticated and maligning foreign influence campaign, with methods that include bribery, blackmail and covert deals, he said. Giving an example, Wray said that when a US official
‘SIGNAL TO ALLIES’: The US Navy’s exercises are not in response to those carried out by China, the commander of the strike group led by the USS ‘Ronald Reagan’ said Two US aircraft carriers were yesterday conducting exercises in the disputed South China Sea, the US Navy said as China also carried out military drills that have been criticized by the US Department of Defense and neighboring states. China and the US have accused each other of stoking tension in the waterway at a time of strained relations over everything from COVID-19 to trade to Hong Kong. The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan were carrying out operations and exercises in the South China Sea “to support a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the navy said in a statement. It did not say exactly