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Taipei Mayor Hau urges MOE to release national exam information

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday urged the Ministry of Education (MOE) to release student information for the second national exam, as regulated by the 12-year compulsory education program.

In an interview with press yesterday, Hau stated that he will reflect the opinions the Taipei City Government has collected from local students, parents and principals to Education Minister Chiang Wei-ling (蔣偉寧) when the minister presents the "12-year compulsory education program examination progress and course outline planning report (十二年國教教育會考辦理情形與課綱規劃)" in the upcoming Kuomintang Central Standing Committee meeting.

Hau stated during the interview that he received multiple comments from students while presenting the "Mayoral Achievement Recognition" at schools. Many students had reportedly told the mayor that they had no idea what to fill in when asked to state their first school preference during the national exam.

The mayor later stated that as a result of the questions he received, the second national exam should not repeat the mistakes of the first. Information of students' name and placement should be made clear so as to aid the students and their parents in weighing their future school options.

The 12-year compulsory education program was created to relieve students and parents of the stresses of education and should not increase their burdens as it would have then failed in its purpose, the mayor said.

Sources have revealed that the revealing of students' test profiles has been widely supported by the departments of education of the Taipei City, New Taipei City and Keelung City governments.

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