The Ministry of Examination yesterday proposed adjusting the number of required subjects for the Junior and Senior Civil Service Examinations, and is to submit a final plan to the Examination Yuan for its review by the end of next month.
The ministry presented its proposal at an Examination Yuan meeting yesterday, it said in a news release.
Adjusting the number of required subjects has been deliberated for years and “has built up high expectations from the outside,” Examination Yuan President Huang Jong-tsun (黃榮村) said.
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He said he hoped the ministry could present concrete principles supporting the adjustments and finalize the proposal as soon as possible, adding that the ministry should continue improving assessment methods to meet the government’s personnel needs.
The adjustment was proposed to address the actual need of employing agencies and focus on assessing the core competencies of test-takers, the ministry said.
A subject can be removed from the examination if it overlaps with other subjects, or is too basic, outdated, narrow in scope or prone to undergo major changes, it said.
If a subject could be taught more effectively through on-the-job training, it could be removed from the examinations, it added.
Taking into consideration these principles, the feasibility of the adjustment and opinions solicited from experts and relevant agencies, the ministry made a preliminary proposal to reduce the number of subjects required for various examinations.
For level 3 Senior Civil Service Examinations, it proposed removing two subjects in 79 categories and one in 15 categories, while retaining the required six subjects in seven categories, it said.
People with a bachelor’s degree are eligible for a level 3 examination, which currently consists of two compulsory subjects — Chinese as well as legal knowledge and English — and six specialized subjects required for a certain category.
For the Junior Civil Service Examinations, it proposed removing one subject in 66 categories, while retaining the four required subjects in five categories.
People with a high-school education can take the Junior Civil Service Examination, which currently consists of the same two compulsory subjects as the Senior Examination and four specialized subjects required for a certain category.
The proposal put forward suggestions “in principle,” but the ministry will respect the opinion and needs of each employing agency and retain the flexibility of the number of subjects required, it added.
The ministry will explore the feasibility of adopting multiple examination methods other than written tests and oral tests, and aim to further reduce the number of examination subjects, it said.
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