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Yung Ta Institute to suspend enrollment for one year: MOE

The Ministry of Education (MOE) yesterday suspended Yung Ta Institute of Technology & Commerce (YTIT) from enrolling new students for a year after the school's proposal of improvement was denied.

According to the MOE, the school might be shut down if no improvement is made within a month.

Lee Yen-yi (李彥儀), head of the MOE's Department of Technology and Vocational Education (教育部技職司), said that there are three reasons why YTIT must suspend enrollment of new students.

"First of all, the school randomly combined classes or courses, which severely affected the quality of the education of students," said Lee.

According to Lee, even though the school proposed a plan of improvement by Jan. 8, the inspection still showed that the school randomly combined classes regardless of the course subject or class years to which students belonged.

"The second reason is that YTIT asked the board of directors and the bank for over NT$100 million in loans," said Lee.

There were 1,200 students and 68 faculty and staff before this new school year started, and the loans were necessary in order to pay the professors, Lee said, adding that the school had borrowed money from banks before.

"The last reason for suspending YTIT from enrolling new students was that the election process that chooses the representatives who meet to discuss school affairs had flaws," said Lee.

"The school claimed that a school affairs meeting decided that some departments would be combined together," said Lee. "However, the election process to choose school meeting representatives was questionable."

According to the MOE, if YTIT has noticeable improvement within one month, the ministry will cancel the suspension in the 2015 school year, but if the school fails to improve, it might become the second school to be shut down. The MOE earlier decided to shut down Kao Fong College of Digital Content for failing to meet national standards.

Students, Faculty Protest MOE's Action

Over one hundred students and faculty at YTIT yesterday protested the MOE's order to freeze enrollment at the school.

Students and teachers said that the MOE's action severely affected their working and education rights.

YTIT Principal Chen Lien-tung (陳連棟) said that the school still hoped the MOE would allow 1,800 new students to maintain their enrollment status for the next school year.

A teacher at YTIT said that the MOE promised that as long as the school could bring its finances back to normal, the school would not be shut down. However, even though the school solved the issue of outstanding faculty salaries, the MOE still surprised the school by suspending enrollment of new students.

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