Nearly all high school students have classes 'borrowed': survey
CNATAIPEI -- Almost all high school students in Taiwan have had teachers cancel some of their classes and replace them with others, according to the results of a survey released yesterday by a local rights group.
August 13, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
This practice of “borrowing” classes, in which teachers often substitute academic classes for subjects they consider less important, such as art or phys ed, has long been prevalent in Taiwan, because of the pressure on students to excel academically.
The poll, conducted by the Taipei-based Taiwan Alliance for Advancement of Youth Rights and Welfare, showed how widespread the practice is, with 97 percent of the students surveyed saying they had experienced it.
Although the Ministry of Education has been promoting balanced and holistic education, 64 percent of Taiwanese students have one to five of their classes a month “borrowed” for other purposes, and one out of 10 students have 10 classes a month changed, the poll found.