To encourage the local vocational colleges and universities to recruit foreign students, the Ministry of Education has made amendment on issues in relation to local universities or colleges initiating classes outside Taiwan. In 2012, when the local vocational schools have academic programs outside Taiwan, those programs should not be limited in the Asian-Pacific region only. The time span for students to study in those programs can be two or four years of Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programs and so on. The deadline of application for the proposed programs from the local schools is at the end of Sep. this year.
The Ministry of Education has drafted consulting plans on the more appropriate methodologies used in the local elementary schools and junior high schools. In the future, during the morning hours, break and the lunch break, there should be no quizzes. Besides, students should not be requested to purchase the so-called ‘reference books’ in which more detailed information regarding the textbooks is listed. Nor should they be requested to purchase the test sheets. Moreover, students should not be requested to write those reference books or test sheets as homework. The Ministry of Education intends to request all the local government offices to monitor the school authorities in terms of these newly-announced regulations.
To go hand in hand with the Ministry of Education’s 12-year compulsory education plan, the Dept. of Education, Taipei City Government announced a project so that the plan can begin immediately on a trial basis. The Dept. of Education’s ideal is to go through new curriculum design and assist the seventh-graders’ test evaluation. However, some school authorities deem that since the university entrance exam still exists, it will take time to decrease students’ academic burdens and to develop multi-dimensional curriculum.
The Child Welfare League Foundation has conducted a survey regarding the ice consumed by the local pupils. According to the investigation, the calories in a思樂冰, or the iced soft drink sold in the local convenience stores, would be the equivalent of two bowls of rice. As for the chocolate ice lollipops, the calories inside can be higher than those in the French fries. Parents are advised to let their children consume ice only once or twice a week. When children have not eaten anything, they are advised not to digest the ice first.
National Hsinchu University of Education has promoted the glass artifact to be more industrialized and to be produced in the region. Due to these, Hsinchu City Mayor Hsu has invited people from the glass industry, school authorities and so on to establish a development center for the training of the designing of glass artistry personnel. A joint effort collaborated by Fu-Li Junior High School, Hsian Hsan High School, and the glass artistry education from the Dept. of Art and Design in the National Hsinchu University of Education will keep the local talents in the region through vocational training and the university recruitment application system.
(2011-08-16 15:59:26 洪秋玉)