Tainan school to be penalized over student's illegal employment: MOE

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Taipei, Nov. 6 (CNA) The Ministry of Education (MOE) said Tuesday it will take disciplinary action against a university in Tainan after one of its foreign students was found to be working illegally at a poultry processing plant.

Whether University of Kang Ning (UKN) was unaware of the situation or was simply negligent, it must be held responsible because the issue indicated a problem with the school's administrative system, the ministry said.

Chu Chun-chang (朱俊彰), director-general of the MOE's Department of Higher Education, said the ministry launched an investigation into the matter after it received a letter from the student in November 2017 about the situation.

Chu said the student was recruited by an agent for UKN, arrived in Taiwan on a visitor's visa last year and was admitted to the school but was not offered any classes.

Instead, arrangements were made for the student to work illegally at a poultry processing plant, Chu said, adding that Taiwan universities are not allowed to recruit overseas students through agents.

During the MOE's investigation of the matter, it asked the university to put the student into a study program and try to prevent the agent from contacting him, Chu said.

UKN must also provide counseling and guidance to the student, Chu said, adding that the matter was an isolated case.

He said the MOE's disciplinary action against the Tainan branch of UKN will include suspension of its right to recruit foreign students, a reduction of its student enrollment quota, and a cut in government subsidies for the next school year.

The university will also be put on a list of schools that require MOE guidance and consultation, Chu said.

Meanwhile, UKN said Tuesday that the illegal employment was arranged by the agent without its knowledge and that it would provide legal assistance to the student to deal with the matter.

The issue first came to light when it was reported in the local media Tuesday.

(By Chen Chih-chung, Phoenix Hsu and Evelyn Kao)
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