MOE considers appraisals to cut school drug abuse
CNATAIPEI -- The Ministry of Education (MOE) said Sunday that it is mulling the establishment of a performance appraisal system targeting school officials to reduce drug abuse among young people.
August 19, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
Although relevant government agencies follow drug use regulations set by the Ministry of Justice, there are no such rules aimed at front-line educators, said Liu Chung-cheng of the MOE's Department of Student Affairs and Special Education.
A performance appraisal system based on rewarding teachers or related officials could help implement anti-drug initiatives on campuses, Liu said.
However, teachers who fail to compile lists of students reported by the police in relation to drug abuse will face punishment of demerits for professional negligence, he added.
Liu said the system will be established by the end of this year to serve as a reference for educational institutions around the nation.
National Federation of Teachers Unions Secretary-General Lee Ya-ching expressed concern over the system, saying that although a standard code of conduct will make it easier for schools to carry out anti-drug campaigns, it might also decrease the morale of front-line teachers.