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■ HealthTeen pregnancy covered

The Ministry of Education is to extend its insurance policy for secondary-school students to cover the costs of childbirth or miscarriage for the first time, a ministry official said yesterday. Students covered by the insurance, which costs NT$142 each semester, may claim as much as NT$200,000 in medical costs for miscarriage or childbirth, according to the ministry. It added that medical insurance for students, many of whom have already signed up, would become compulsory starting from August. "The new policy is designed to offer protection to female students under the principle of equal rights" as an increasing number was becoming pregnant but was being left to face the consequences on their own, the official said. The policy is expected to be officially announced by the ministry later this week, the official said.

■ Society

Renowned academic dies

Wei Yung (魏鏞), a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) academic-cum-politician, died of colorectal cancer at the National Taiwan University Hospital yesterday. He was 68. Wei, who received a doctorate in political science, was a renowned researcher in international law. He was a former chairman of the Executive Yuan's Research, Development and Evaluation Commission under the KMT. He was elected to the Legislative Yuan as a representative of Taipei City in 1992. After losing his legislative seat, Wei resumed his teaching post at National Chiao Tung University in 1995. After retiring from that post in 2002, he continued to teach at Shih Hsin University. His illness was detected after a health check in December, 2002.

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