MAC working on status of Chinese scientists' children

EDUCATION: Tech-savvy workers from China have been encouraged to work in Taiwan, but their children are left in a kind of limbo when at school


Thu, Jul 22, 2004 - Page 4

The government is considering measures to allow children of Chinese science and technology specialists working here to gain student status and a normal education, a Mainland Affairs Council official said yesterday.

Chen Hui-ying (陳會英), director of the council's Department of Cultural and Educational Affairs, said at council headquarters that the council would coordinate with the Ministry of Education to work out solutions concerning the education of the children of Chinese science and technology specialists.

temporary basis

Chen said that under existing law, these children study here only on a temporary basis and do not have student status.

The council is working to amend Article 17 of the Scientific Technology Basic Law (科學技術基本法) under the Statute Governing the Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例) to enable the children to study on the same basis as any other student in the country, Chen said.

red tape

According to Chen, Chinese children cannot attend schools as normal students unless their parents have first formally registered their households, which is not easy for newcomers or for visitors who are not planning to stay long.

Taiwan has opened its doors to Chinese science and technology specialists to teach or conduct research for a period of between one and three years.

The council is studying the feasibility of extending that period to six years in an effort to encourage more Chinese science and technology professionals to come to Taiwan, Chen said.