Taipei, May 2 (CNA) A university in central Taiwan was accused Wednesday of exploiting teachers by taking advantage of a one-year contract scheme, which a lawmaker said had forced a teacher in her eighth month of pregnancy to bring forward her delivery date in order to renew her one-year employment contract.
Opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Ho Hsin-chun made the accusation at a hearing of the Legislative Education and Cultural Committee, at which Education Minister Chiang Wei-ling delivered a briefing on labor rights protection in colleges and universities.
Ho said a pregnant teacher at the university, which she did not name, had complained to her last year about the school's "exploitation" of "contract teachers" like her and another woman in their eighth month of pregnancy.
Ho said the other pregnant teacher had to decide to bring forward her delivery date so that the school would renew her one-year contract before the existing one expired.
"It is ridiculous that schools can arbitrarily exploit teachers," the lawmaker said. He said the incidents were also undesirable in light of the fact that the government has been trying to increase the birth rate in the country.
In response, Chiang promised to investigate the matter and said if the allegations are found to be true, the university concerned "should apologize."
(By Lin Szu-yu and Elizabeth Hsu)