The Ministry of Education was criticized yesterday by several KMT lawmakers for approving a tuition hike for 18 public universities.
KMT legislative caucus chief Liu Cheng-hung (
He said that the tuition increase cannot be justified at the moment when many families are suffering from declining incomes or unemployment.
Legislator Chiang Chi-wen (
Schools should seek to improve their educational quality before any tuition hike plan, she said.
The ministry announced on Monday that 18 of the 33 public universities and colleges will raise their tuition this fall, while two of the 35 private universities and colleges will also raise their fees.
The tuition of public universities and colleges ranges from NT$21,000 to NT$37,000 per semester, while private universities and colleges range from NT$41,000 to NT$67,000.
The 18 schools hiking their tuition will raise them by between 1 percent and 9.5 percent. The two private universities will both raise tuition by 5 percent.
Chen Teh-hua (陳德華), executive secretary of the ministry's Council of Educational Research, said recently that in 10 years, the tuition hike of public universities and colleges has been higher than that of like private institutions.
Ministry statistics indicated that in the 1993 academic year, the tuition of public schools increased by an average 16 percent, while those of private universities and colleges raised by 12.5 percent on the average.
Between 1995 and 1998, public schools raised their tuition by an average 10 percent to 12 percent annually, while the annual increase rates of private ones registered between 3 percent and 5 percent.