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Nantou’s missing school principals worry parents

By Cheng Feng-li  /  Staff reporter, in NANTOU

The Nantou County Department of Education on Wednesday announced elementary and junior-high school principal appointments for the coming academic year, but 14 elementary schools have yet to be assigned principals — which has triggered concern among teachers and parents that the schools might eventually disappear.

The positions have been filled instead by acting principals.

Several of the 14 schools are in remote areas, but have special features, such as Zhongliao Township’s (中寮) Guangfu Elementary School, which is known for its environmental and organic farming classes. Its students also make natural detergents from orange peels, and demand for their detergent products far outstrips supplies.

Parents said that Lugu Township’s (鹿谷) Neihu Elementary School is a beautiful forest school that is known nationwide.

Other parents said that they could not understand why no new principals were appointed to urban schools with large student bodies, such as Caotun Township’s (草屯) Tucheng Elementary School.

The Nantou Department of Education said 16 principals applied for retirement and there were only eight qualified candidates for the posts, which is why officials had been appointed as acting principals in some cases.

Most of the effected schools have a stable administrative team and would be given priority for principal appointments next year, the department said, dismissing talk of closures.

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