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Parents of students seek priority at review body

SPOILSPORT:Parents whose children no longer attend school voted in favor of policies that put parents of students at a disadvantage, a parents’ group said

By Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporter

Only parents with children in school should be allowed to represent “parents” on an upcoming national curriculum review committee, a parent advocate said yesterday.

“For such an important set of meetings, only parents or guardians whose children are still in school should be invited, because they are the truly interested parties,” National Association of Students’ Parents chairman Chen Tieh-hu (陳鐵虎) said, adding that the views of parents whose children have already graduated from a school might differ from those whose children are still attending.

He cited voting over high-school admissions policies at a meeting of the Taipei, New Taipei City and Keelung combined school district earlier this month, which saw some parent representatives vote in support of maintaining a controversial method of using school preferences to assign admission points.

“The majority of parents were unwilling, because the system limits our ability to choose schools freely, but parents of children who already graduated did not think it was a big deal,” he said.

A national curriculum review committee is to discuss a unitary set of 10-year guidelines for elementary, middle and high schools.

In related news, the Ministry of Education’s selection process for student representatives has also sparked controversy, with a student congress, which was convened by the ministry, earlier this week voting to delay nominating student representatives due to alleged procedural flaws.

The ministry’s deadline for nominating parent representatives passed yesterday, with Chen saying that his association had nominated 10 candidates

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