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High school admissions system will not be changed: minister
Central News Agency
2014-08-21 10:22 PM
Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) Taiwan's controversial senior high school admissions program will not be changed next year "to avoid bringing anxiety to students and parents," Education Minister Wu Se-hwa said Thursday. "Nothing will be changed," he said, vowing that the high school admission exam system will hold onto its current concept because it would be more stressful for students to see even more changes after the major differences introduced this year. The new "12-year education" system, which was implemented starting in June, features a national examination to determine students' academic proficiency, followed by a special entrance exam for specific senior high schools. But criticisms have largely focused on the complicated rules for students to select their preferred high schools, which penalizes their overall score if they are not accepted to their top choices. Wu said that the Ministry of Education will continue conducting special exams, which have also stirred up controversy. He said the exams are consistent with the ministry's policy of working to give students with specific strengths in given fields more opportunities. Even though the special exams will stay in place, New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu has announced that his city will scrap that part of the admissions system beginning next year because of the "great misery" it has caused students and parents. (By Chen Chih-chung and Joanne Hsu)
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