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DPP spokesman calls to end education confusion

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The examination-free policy is the backbone of the 12-year compulsory education scheme; therefore, the “exam-free first, specialty second” principle should be carried out as soon as possible, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesman Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎) said yesterday.

Huang said that the 12-year compulsory education system was launched in haste and did not have sufficient supporting measures. Not only do Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) have different interpretations on the policy, students and parents are also confused about how the system works, he said.

Huang stressed that the DPP had given explicit suggestions to the government over the education policy, such as the optimization of education quality in each high school and vocational high school and the implementation of the “exam-free first, specialty second” principle.

The aim of 12-year compulsory education system is to erase students' burden and ensure social justice. In order to fulfill these aims, the government should provide remote high schools with adequate funding to help them improve and reach the same level of educational quality, Huang said. Moreover, the ranking categories of admission should be simplified, he noted.

Huang said that by doing so, the students can get fair educational opportunities in nearby schools instead of “star schools;” meanwhile, the uncertainty of enrollment in high schools will be reduced.

The present education system has cost students and parents a lot of money and effort, Huang said. Huang urged the government to take the necessary steps to restore people's trust in the education system and reduce their worries and anxiety.

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