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Taipei hopeful Ko promotes 'jointly operated kindergartens'
Central News Agency
2014-07-17 10:50 PM
Taipei, July 17 (CNA) Independent Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je said Thursday that if elected, he would push for "jointly operated kindergartens" built on government land and operated privately. Ko, currently the frontrunner in opinion polls ahead of the November election, told a press conference that his municipal government would allocate idle public spaces for the jointly operated kindergartens and encourage the participation of private operators and non-profit organizations. He said operators would take full responsibility for their own profits or losses in order to ensure quality environment and classes. Ko said his goal is for 70 percent of Taipei kindergartens to be city-run or jointly run, up from the current 15 percent of municipal kindergartens. "Simply speaking, the aim is to ease the financial burden of parents by utilizing idle public spaces and reducing kindergartens' costs of space, teaching materials and equipment," he said. Sean Lien, the Kuomintang's mayoral candidate and Ko's main rival, said that he believes the government should build the schools and allow the private sector to run them. This is apparently slightly different from Ko's plan, in which the government would only offer land. Lien, a businessman, criticized his opponent by saying that enterprise management in public affairs could be "a relatively unfamiliar area" for Ko, a surgeon. (By Sophia Yeh and Jeffrey Wu)
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