Taipei, April 7 (CNA) Education Minister Chiang Wei-ling promised on Monday that no action will taken against students who participated in a movement against a divisive trade-in-services pact with China
. Chiang told the Legislature's Education and Culture Committee that he would take full responsibility should any punitive measures are taken against student protesters by their schools. The minister also expressed the hope that colleges will help students catch up on their schoolwork and provide assistance with possible legal issues. The student protesters who have occupied the Legislature since March 18 announced Monday that will leave the legislative building Thursday. The announcement came a day after Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng promised to enact a law overseeing agreements between Taipei and Beijing before the Legislature reviews a pact opening the service sectors in Taiwan and China
to investment from the other side of the Taiwan Strait.
Though Chiang pledged the students would not be disciplined by their schools, they could still face charges from Taipei prosecutors, especially those who stormed the Executive Yuan complex on March 23. (By Hsu Chih-wei and Scully Hsiao)