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Unions to stage protest on Teachers' Day

2012/09/22 21:58:51

Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) The National Federation of Teachers Unions has decided to launch a protest campaign Sept. 28, Teachers Day, against what it said is the government's failure to implement major educational reform policies over the past few years.

On that day, union members will all wear black T-shirts bearing the campaign's logo, when they show up at school, the federation said.

In his 2008 presidential campaign platform, President Ma Ying-jeou said he would increase the government's annual budget for education by NT$24 billion (US$818.6 million) and downsize elementary school classes to 25 students at the most, the federation’s chairman Liu Chin-hsu said. After he took office, Ma also promised to extend the pension system to teachers of private schools, Liu said.

The president’s other promises included raising the pay for homeroom teachers in elementary and junior high schools and installing energy-saving lighting devices at schools, but he has kept few of those promises, Liu said.

The teachers’ protest is aimed at pushing for a reasonable educational budget, prompting the relevant authorities to initiate professional educational policies, and securing children’s right to education, he said.

(By Chen Chih-chung and Elizabeth Hsu)
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