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DPP legislator champions free vocational schooling

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Hsueh Ling (薛凌) said yesterday she would launch a proposal to grant vocational high school students free schooling.

In a press release Hsueh said she had sought other lawmakers’ endorsement of her proposed amendment to the Vocational School Act (職業學校法) that would exempt all vocational high school students from paying tuition.

The government should request funds to cover tuition and issue textbook subsidies to children from poor families, Hsueh said.

Hsueh said students at vocational high schools usually come from middle or low income families and tend to choose vocational training rather than an academic career in a bid to lessen their families’ financial burdens.

“These students are the most disadvantaged. They need government help more than anyone,” she said.

Hsueh called on the Legislative Yuan to endorse and pass her proposal as soon as possible.

In related news, Vice Minister of Education Lin Tsong-ming (林聰明) said Taiwan’s quality vocational educational training system could encourage Chinese students to study in Taiwan.

Lin, who took office on Tuesday, said the quality of China’s vocational educational system was behind Taiwan’s by about 20 years, adding that the ministry may consider recruiting Chinese students to attend Taiwanese vocational schools.

The government has been considering allowing Chinese students to attend universities in Taiwan despite opposition from a number of pro-localization activists.

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