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ERIC Number: ED232953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Taiwan Rises to Increased-Literacy Challenge with 700 Percent Growth in Number of Schools.
Anderton, Ray L.
Taiwan's effort to provide a compulsory ninth grade education for its citizens has led to a 700 percent increase in the number of schools since 1950, reflecting a tremendous effort by the Taiwan government to provide public education, in their belief that an educated populace is the secret to a nation's success. While there is a noticeable lack of librarians, television, and audiovisual equipment in the junior middle schools, elementary schools feature offerings such as school dental offices, free lunches, Chinese opera instruction, Kung Fu instruction, and Little League baseball. Upon completion of ninth grade, 20 percent enter the job market, with the majority entering commercial or vocational schools to facilitate Taiwan's continued industrial growth. Unfortunately, only the small percentage of ninth graders who pass rigorous exams attend high school, with only 25 percent of these qualifying for college in Taiwan's 9 universities, 17 colleges, and 76 junior colleges. Taiwanese high schools offer scholarships and government subsidization with military training required as part of the curriculum. Post high school education might include Chinese Opera School, Taiwan Normal University for teacher training, or officer's candidate schools. Emphasis is placed on ethics and morality as well as subject matter and strict adherance to dress codes and the lack of vandalism reflect the discipline and respect for authority found in Taiwan's schools. In conclusion, Taiwan's booming economy is indicative of the Taiwan government's success in meeting their nation's educational needs. (LH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers: Taiwan