Newspaper article China Post

Social Inequality Spreads to Higher Education

Newspaper article China Post

Social Inequality Spreads to Higher Education

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The results of a statistical survey conducted by a nongovernmental organization released yesterday found increasing trends of social polarity in Taiwan's higher education system. The study, "Growing Social Inequality Reflected also in Education" conducted by the Grassroots Influence Culture and Education Foundation ([...]), revealed that students with middle or upper middle class backgrounds were more frequently attending publically funded schools, while 60 percent of students in lower income brackets attended privately funded universities.

Chen Sung-po ([...]), the head of the foundation's research division, concluded that while education has been traditionally seen as an equalizer of societal inequality, the research results indicate that families with more financial resources are attending public schools with lower tuition. Lower income students are in comparison attending higher costing private schools, translating into higher rates of student loan applications and time spent working part time to cover personal and tuition costs.

Among middle and upper income families, attendance at public universities (which are considered more prestigious and generally require more funding) versus privately run universities was distributed at 50 percent to 41 percent, respectively. This distribution varied greatly in lower income households, in which 25 percent of students attended public schools, and 63 percent attended private schools. …

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