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Transparency of admissions important: Hau

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday during a policy address announced that the second round of exam-free admissions must be open and transparent, adding that he would confirm with the Ministry of Education (MOE) whether the details of the policy will be made clear to local governments.

Before entering the Taipei City Council for his final policy address, Hau met with members from the Parents League of 12-year Compulsory Education (12年國教家長聯盟) and members from other parent organizations with concerns over the newly implemented 12-year education policy, saying that he would try his best to deal with the problems as soon as possible.

During the policy address, Taipei City councilors touched on problems regarding the exam-free admission, which included the points deduction system of the school preference order, and the weight carried by the essay composition portion.

"The principle of the second exam-free admission is to relieve parents and students from stress, especially when arranging the order of school preferences," Hau said. "The Taipei City Government will try to solve the problems by communicating with schools and negotiating with the MOE to provide transparency on the second exam-free admission."

Point Deduction System Removal Difficult

The K-12 Education Administration (國教署) of the MOE stated in June that the demand to replace the deduction system may prove to be difficult.

Once the system is removed, the accumulated points would be reduced from 90 to 60, including 30 points from the Comprehensive Assessment Program for junior high school students. Meanwhile, it would violate current statutes by exceeding one-third of the points. Additionally, it would be unfair to those who took part in the first exam-free admission, according to the MOE.

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