Junior-high school students are over-burdened with tests, according to survey released yesterday by the Humanistic Education Foundation (HEF).
The survey showed that about 90 percent of students had tests before their first class in the morning and about 40 percent had tests every day.
It also showed that a week before midterms and finals, 70 percent of junior-high students had at least four tests per day, and 5 percent had more than 10 tests per day.
Foundation president Feng Chiao-lan (馮喬蘭) said the endless cycle of tests and exams skews the quality of education.
She said implementation of a 12-year compulsory education, scheduled for 2014, could help ease the problem if the proposed change is executed well.
However, if the emphasis is still on examinations, the reform may only add to the pressure on students, she said.
The Ministry of Education should concentrate on resource redistribution, as well as the effective integration of educational resources, she said.
National Alliance of Parents Organization head Gordan Hsieh (謝國清) said he was hoping the proposed 12-year compulsory education system would reduce the number of tests students have to take, but that might not be the case.
Even though the ministry has forbidden reference books and test books in schools, the situation has not improved, Hsieh said, adding that he hoped the ministry could legally regulate the test load to eliminate the problem.