Taipei, April 5 (CNA) The Ministry of Education announced Wednesday that it will increase to US$1,500 the monthly stipend it pays to individuals from Taiwan who enroll on a government program to encourage the teaching of Chinese language in India and Southeast Asia.
Originally, the stipend was US$1,000-1,200, but Taiwanese showed little interest because of poor transportation in such areas and the low salaries offered by the schools.
The ministry, in conjunction with the government's "New Southbound Policy," announced the increase in a bid to attract more qualified applicants.
In 2016, a total of 159 Taiwanese were selected for teaching positions around the world, with 90 of those in India and Southeast Asian countries.
As teachers from Taiwan are known to be professional and friendly, they are very popular and demand is expected to increase sharply in 2017.
Teachers receive both the stipend and a salary from the school where they teach, the ministry said, stressing that it will continue to work with the schools to ensure optimal salaries and benefits for teachers.
(By Chen Chih-chung and Lilian Wu)