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Parents worried that kids are education system 'guinea pigs'

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.

April 22, 2013    tublairy@
If we want a 'heads-up' look at Canada and the US. Education is becoming so watered-down it's becoming almost meaningless. Teachers can't teacher because they're required to pander to the lowest common denominator. Many teachers have no business teaching in their fields of 'specialty' - tone deaf music teachers, math teachers who can't add as but two examples.

The all-inclusive figure is as ugly as it is useless. An unintelligent population with no practical skills.
April 22, 2013    universityteacher@
"If we want a 'heads-up' look at Canada and the US. Education is becoming so watered-down it's becoming almost meaningless"

Sir or Madam, you also just described education in Taiwan, in case you're not aware of it - apparently.
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