MOE urged to handle rural childcare center closures
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A nonprofit childcare group yesterday called for the government to address a “wave” of childcare facility closures in rural areas.
January 8, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
403 public childcare facilities, or 35 percent of the total, in central southern Taiwan rural areas closed from 2009 to 2012, Childcare Policy Alliance (CPA) said at a petition at the Ministry of Education's (MOE).
These childcare facilities gradually closed because of insufficient of funds, CPA stated. In addition to funding problems, childcare centers were closing due to lack of facilities, management licenses or because they failed to meet fire code, said Kuo Ming-xu (郭明旭), director of The Alliance of Educare Trade Unions (AETU).
Families of having average household income of NT$30,000 can only afford public childcares' tuition fees, usually around NT$1,800, said Kuo. Private childcare centers can charge as much as NT$5,000 to NT$10,000 per child, he added.