Budget for Aboriginal education set to increase

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Sun, Jan 12, 2014 - Page 3

The legislature on Friday approved an amendment to the Aboriginal Education Act (原住民族教育法) requiring an increased minimum of 1.9 percent of the annual education budget — up from 1.6 percent — to be used to fund Aboriginal education projects.

As a result of the revision, the total allocated education budget for aborigines will stand at NT$3.936 billion (US$130 million), an increase of 52 million.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators Jeng Tian-tsair (鄭天財) and Kung Wen-chi’s (孔文吉) proposal for a minimum 2 percent of the education budget, was rejected by the Ministry of Education.

Separately, the legislature approved an amendment to the Electricity Act (電業法) that requires electricity suppliers to provide the cheapest possible rates to people with a disability who need electric assistive devices and their families to buffer impacts of the electricity hike on the most vulnerable.

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲), who initiated the proposal, said that the amendment was designed to defend the fundamental rights of patients who rely heavily on high power-consumption assistive devices.

Meanwhile, the legislature enacted the Statute for Establishment of National Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology to turn the institution from a subordinate of the Armaments Bureau of the Ministry of National Defense into a non-departmental public body to give it more flexibility in budget allocation and personnel recruitment and selection.