The Ministry of Education yesterday released the results of its alternative university admission program, through which many students from lesser-known private senior-high schools were admitted to prestigious universities.
Taipei Jingwen High School said that 57 of its 76 students who applied to a university via the program were admitted by at least one institution, an admissions rate of more than 80 percent.
Of the 57 students, 14 were admitted to public universities, with some receiving invitations from prestigious institutions such as National Chengchi University, National Taiwan Normal University and National Sun Yat-sen University, the high school said.
Similarly, Taipei Municipal Nangang Vocational High School said that five of its 22 students who applied to a college through the program were admitted by public universities such as National Central University and National Chung Hsing University.
A total of 17 students received an offer via the program, it added.
Jingwen student Wang Min-chieh (王?婕), who was admitted to the National Chengchi University’s College of Law, said that her grades ranked in the top 1 percentile at her school.
Wang said she was originally admitted to Taipei First Girls’ High School, but because she is easily distracted, she was concerned that the liberal learning environment of the secular school might negatively affect her studies.
Having attended Jingwen at the junior-high school level, Wang chose to remain at the school, saying that the decision helped her receive more guidance and attention from teachers.
Jingwen president Hsu Sheng-che (許勝哲) said the program grants students at private institutions a better chance of being admitted to prestigious universities.
Minister of Education Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) touted the program, saying that granting disadvantaged students greater access to higher education is at the center of the ministry’s policies, adding that the program would help to normalize the nation’s higher education.
However, Jingwen student Chung Tien-lin’s (鍾典霖) experience with the program indicates that there might be room for exploitation.
Chung said that, similar to Wang, he chose Jingwen over Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, which is Taipei’s leading boys’ high school.
Asked why he made the decision, Chung said: “Because I would encounter less competition via this program than I would at Jianguo when applying for schools. Here, I have a much better chance of entering a good university.”
Chung, whose grades rank in the top 1 percent at Jingwen, has passed the first-stage vetting process at National Yang-ming University’s School of Medicine and is awaiting an interview.
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