The Legislative Yuan has passed the pension reform bill for public servants and public school teachers. Now it is reported that some teachers are planning to retire later because they are afraid of their pension being cut. The National Federation of Teachers Unions said that the trend to delay retirement will cause the turnover rate in public school teachers to slow down, and it will be more difficult for schools to release teaching vacancies.
As the pension reform bill passes, a lot of teachers worry that their pension will be cut. Thus, some teachers who originally could retire this year, now plan to retire later.
==HUANG CHUN-CHIEH President, Tainan Municipal Ancing Elementary School==
Some are still waiting for the latest information about the new pension system to decide whether to retire or not. Others canceled their retirement application due to a change in personal career development.
According to local education bureaus, over the past two years, the number of public school teachers applying for retirement in Taipei City was over 800 people. It is estimated that applications will decrease by dozens this year. In New Taipei City, compared to last year's figure, the applications are one hundred less. The National Federation of Teachers Unions said that there may be a trend to delay retirement.
==CHANG HSU-CHENG NFTU Director==
The amount of pension a teacher receives is associated with their length of service. If they are dissatisfied with the amount of pension they get from the new pension system, they may continue teaching as long as their stamina permits.
Take teachers with a bachelor's degree for example, after teaching for 30 years, they can receive a monthly pension of NT$74,000. However, after the pension reform, those who start to retire next year can only receive NT$ 63,000 a month, just for the first year. The pension will be gradually cut to around NT$ 50,000 in the tenth year. On the other hand, teachers delaying their retirement for five years can receive several thousand dollars more per month than their colleagues applying for retirement this year. This will cause the turnover rate in public school teachers to slow down, and it will be hard for schools to release teaching vacancies.
==WU HSIAO-HSIA Division Chief, K-12 Education Administration, MOE==
Hiring surplus teachers or monitoring the number of teachers to increase the turnover rate, will be difficult in junior high schools.
The K-12 Education Administration said that teaching vacancies have become fewer and fewer due to the low birth rate. However, the administration said that it has launched a program to hire more teachers, and in the 2017 fall semester, there will be recruitment for teachers of professional courses. The administration will respect senior teachers' decisions on retirement.
TRANSLATED BY ARIEL HSIEH
記者 曹晏郡 陳昌維 溫正衡 台北台南報導
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