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Southern Taiwan college ordered to halt new enrollments

2014/02/18 17:26:18

Taipei, Feb. 18 (CNA) A cash-strapped college in the southern county of Pingtung has been ordered by the government to stop enrolling new students, possibly heralding a shutdown of the school.

All classes at Yung Ta Institute of Technology and Commerce will have to halt new enrollments for the next academic year starting in September, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said Tuesday.

The decision follows a failure by the school to improve its financial situation and teaching quality, explained Li Yen-yi, chief of the ministry's Department of Technological and Vocational Education.

If the problem continues, Yung Ta will have to move toward a shutdown, Li said.

Yung Ta is one of seven colleges on the MOE's watchlist that is at risk of shutdown.

The school was discovered last year to owe several months of salary to its staff, a situation that has been resolved for the moment, thanks to loans from individual board members.

Kao Fong College of Digital Content, another school on the list, announced last week that it will close in March.

Dissatisfied with the MOE's decision, Yung Ya President Chen Lien-tung said the school will file an appeal.

A group of more than 100 staff members, students and alumni of the school, meanwhile, staged a protest on campus against what they described as the MOE's "rough attempt" to force private higher education institutions to close down.

The MOE's decision will harm teachers' work rights and undermine students' right to education, according to the protesters.

(By Chen Chih-chung, Kuo Chih-hsuan and Y.F. Low)