Parents worried that kids are education system 'guinea pigs'
The China Post news staff
April 21, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- With the 12-year compulsory education program being put into practice next year, parents are still puzzled about the content of the program and worry that their children might become "guinea pigs" of the program, according to the National Taiwan University's (NTU) Center for Public Policy and Law .
The Center yesterday hosted a forum for parents of junior high students in Keelung City, Taipei City and New Taipei City to contribute their opinions concerning the implementation of the 12-year compulsory education system in 2014. More than 100 parents attended the meeting.
Under the new education system, the majority of junior high graduates will enjoy examination-free admission into senior high schools and vocational schools, with the exception of some special-needs students recruitment programs.
Speaking at the forum, Wang Li-sheng, a professor at the Institute of Applied Mechanics under NTU, said most parents are still confused on how to enforce a fair selection of students in case the number of students registering to attend a certain senior high school is higher than the approved quota.
In addition, the Ministry of Education has yet to announce how the special recruitment programs will be carried out, including the examination methods, courses and qualifications.
At the forum, a mother whose son studies at Minsheng Junior High School in Taipei lamented that the school admission system have undergone quick changes in Taiwan.
The mother said that the 12-year compulsory education program is too complicated to be clearly understood even by teachers, and therefore she's worried about how parents can help their children.
Another parent said that although the government's policy to enforce a 12-year compulsory education program is good, the program shouldn't be enforced in haste. She said the program should be implemented step by step, allowing schools, teachers, students and parents more time for adaptation.