TAIPEI (CNA) — Twelve brokers and companies in Taiwan are being investigated for allegedly recruiting students for China-based educational institutions, in contravention of Taiwan law, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on May 8.
Only brokers and companies approved by the MOE are allowed to provide recruitment services in Taiwan for schools in China, the ministry said, citing Article 23 of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.
In a statement, the ministry said however that it has so far not issued such approval to any locally based companies or individuals.
Violators of the law risked a maximum penalty of one year in prison or a fine of NT$1 million (US$32,360), the ministry said.
The MOE statement was issued in the wake of a local news media report that several China-based universities had opened offices in Taiwan and that some Taiwanese companies had been advertising consultation on daily life or registration in China schools.
On Sunday, five companies were referred to prosecutors for investigation, and seven more were added to the list Wednesday, the MOE said.
Amid China’s efforts to lure students from Taiwan, a total of 84 companies have been turned over to prosecutors for investigation on suspicion of alleged offenses since 2000, a MOE official said, adding that only one of them has been indicted and no punishment has been issued.
By Flor Wang and Chen Chih-chung