Wed, Jul 07, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Two-tier classes to end

EQUAL FOOTING Education officials said they would stop the practice of dividing elementary school students into separate classes based on test scores

CNA , Taipei

Education officials from around the country yesterday vowed to implement a policy of not dividing students based on their academic test scores in order to allow all students aged between six and 15 to receive a normal education on an equal footing with their peers.

The policy -- initiated by Department of Elementary Education Director Wu Tsai-shun (吳財順) of the Ministry of Education -- was first endorsed by Cheng Chin-ting (鄭進丁), director of the Kaohsiung City Education Department, and Wu Ching-chi (吳清基), director of the Taipei City Education Department, followed by their counterparts from 23 cities and counties around the country.

Noting that the policy of not dividing "excellent academic test scorers" from "low scorers" is a subject that the public is most concerned about in terms of educational reforms, Wu said it is hoped that all 25 cities and counties will put the policy into practice without exception.

Also addressing the meeting was Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng (杜正勝), who said that education, particularly elementary school and junior-high school education, is of profound importance to the development of a person's life. That is why the educators must have a forward-looking perspective when designing educational policies and measures concerning young people, he said.

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