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Record number of Greater Tainan schools switch to open admissions
台南一百四十二所國中小自由入學 創新高

Students from Tainan Municipal Jhongyi Elementary School participate in a Confucian ceremony at the Taiwan Confucian Temple in Greater Tainan on March 20 last year.
忠義國小學生去年三月二十日在台南的台灣孔廟參與儒教儀式。

Photo: Tsai Wen-chu, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者蔡文居

Taiwan’s low fertility rate has a record number of schools in Greater Tainan switching over to the open admissions system, with 123 and 19 of Greater Tainan’s elementary and junior high schools making the change respectively. Dealing with competitive enrollment, many school principals are gasping at how free tutorials and art classes no longer attract new students, and instead are having to rely on academic performance to draw parents and students.

Greater Tainan’s Bureau of Education says that changes in the urban structure, coupled with the effects of the low fertility rate, have gradually brought about a downturn in new student enrollment, making it difficult for schools to continue operating. There were already many “open admissions school districts” prior to the merger of former Tainan county and city, districts which were open to any new student registered for a household in former Tainan city. The students were not restricted to any particular school district either. After the merger, “schools in open admissions school districts” became simply “open admissions schools,” while enrollment qualifications were left unchanged.

During the 2012 academic year, when the county and city had just merged, there were a total of three junior high schools and 23 elementary schools designated as open admissions schools. The following academic year the bureau began taking into consideration the operational situation of schools, regardless of whether they are junior high schools or elementary schools. As long as a school had fewer than six classes in all, it was automatically designated as an open admissions school, which brought the total number of open admissions junior high schools to four, while the number of such elementary schools sharply increased to 108.

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1. switch v.

換;改變;轉移

(huan4; gai3 bian4; zhuan3 yi2)

例: I’ve decided to switch to this brand of toothpaste.

(我決定改用這個品牌牙膏。)

2. downturn n.

向下彎曲;降低;下降

(xiang4 xia4 wan1 qu1; jiang4 di1; xia4 jiang4)

例: There’s been a downturn in productivity at the factory.

(工廠生產力下降。)

3. sharply adv.

突然地;猛烈地

(tu1 ran2 de5; meng3 lie4 de5)

例: Profits sharply increased last quarter.

(營利上季劇增。)


Around a dozen other schools this year, besides the schools that already had open admissions status, submitted applications to allow open admissions. After being reviewed by the bureau, a total of 19 junior high schools and 123 elementary schools have been issued open admissions status — a new high for both elementary and junior high schools.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

少子化影響,台南市兩百一十七所國小、六十二所國中今年將各有一百廿三所、十九所規劃為自由入學學校,雙雙創下新高;面對招生競爭,有校長感嘆,以往免費課輔、才藝班等誘因已不如前,還是要拚辦學績效,吸引家長與學子。

台南教育局指出,都市結構改變,加上少子化影響,新生入學人數有逐年遞減趨勢,也對學校經營造成困難,早在縣市合併前,原台南縣市就已經有不少學校申請「自由學區」,只要設籍台南市的新生,都可申請就讀,不受學區限制,縣市合併後,「自由學區學校」改稱為「自由入學學校」,入學資格不變。

一○一學年度,縣市剛合併時,全市有三所國中、廿二所國小列為自由入學學校。一○二學年度,教育局考量學校經營狀況,不論國中小,只要學校總班級數低於六班,就主動列為自由入學學校,也因此國中增加為四所,國小更一口氣暴增到一○八所。

今年除了原自由入學學校外,還有十餘所學校提出申請,經過教育局審核,最後決定國中有十九所,國小有一百廿三所核准通過,雙雙創下新高。

(自由時報記者黃文鍠)

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