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Taipei City follows New Taipei City, nixes 12-year education special exam

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday announced the abolishment of the 12-year compulsory education special exam in Taipei, but maintained the admission of feature high schools.

Hau explained that there will be a new system for Taipei City's 12-year compulsory education next year. Students will only receive one exam to be used for their exam-free high school application and specialty admission application. The registration result of specialty admission applications will be released before the exam-free applications.

The adjustment was made with the purpose of reducing the long and anxious wait period for students as well as their parents for admission results, Hau said.

Hau later emphasized that specialty admission will still be in effect, aiming to establish a simple and fair admission system.

The mayor later pointed out that the current 12-year education system has failed, because of its unreasonable and biased regulations implemented by the Ministry of Education (MOE). The limits of the policy have also restricted the power and influence of local governments.

In response to Hau's statement, MOE Administrative Deputy Minister Lin Shu-chen (林淑真) said that the Senior High School Education Act has dictated in the procedure of high school admission, that the exam-free application must be conducted prior to the specialty admission applications. Lin went on to elaborate that the proposition from the Taipei City Government must not be carried out next year, as it will take over a year to amend regulations.

MOE Warns Taipei Against Policy Alternation School Recruitment

In related news Education Minister Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) responded to the policy alternation for school recruitments where the Taipei City Government has decided that students are allowed to have multiple reservations at schools following the different stages of recruitment.

Wu said that Taipei is unlike other cities and is legally allowed to decide how school recruitment can be conducted. However, the policy will likely cause unease and panic among students and parents, as well as problematic effects to schools.

Not only would multiple reservations in schools effect the chances of other students getting into schools of their choice as a result of limited positions, several schools might experience a position surplus should the majority of their reserved students decide to attend other school with which they have reservations.

Wu stated the Taipei City Government must be held responsible should any negative consequences come to be should the city government persist with their policy alternation.

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