Taipei, New Taipei to re­lease ed­u­ca­tion plan

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) yesterday said that he and New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu ( ) have for­mu­lated a new en­roll­ment plan for the 12-year com­pul­sory ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, which will be un­veiled to the public on Aug.1.

Dur­ing a public event yesterday where Ko in­vited lo­cal stu­dents to Taipei City Hall, he was asked by a stu­dent whether or not the Com­pre­hen­sive As­sess­ment Pro­gram For Ju­nior High School Stu­dents ( ) would un­dergo yet another amend­ment.

In re­sponse, Ko said that at a meet­ing be­tween him­self and Chu on Wed­nes­day night, the may­ors came to a con­sen­sus.

Ko said that since New Taipei City is in charge of the 12-year plan this year, both he and Chu have for­mu­lated an up­dated en­roll­ment pol­icy for the 12-year ed­u­ca­tion plan that will be re­vealed on Aug.1.

The mayor went on to re­as­sure stu­dents that poli­cies have been tai­lored to their ben­e­fit, and that all de­tails will be clearly ad­dressed.

Lo­cal media asked Ko to elab­o­rate on the de­tails of the co­op­er­a­tive ed­u­ca­tion tasks both cities have agreed to share.

Ko said that he and Chu usu­ally talk about ev­ery­thing, but have tasked the ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ments of both cities with re­solv­ing the sit­u­a­tion. Ko said the prob­lems with ed­u­ca­tion right now tran­scend those of po­lit­i­cal par­ties and must be dealt with im­me­di­ately for the ben­e­fit of stu­dents.

For­tu­nately, he and Chu agree on the most im­por­tant ed­u­ca­tion de­ci­sions, he said.

With re­gards as to whether or not the 12-year plan of the en­tire na­tion should fol­low the may­ors’ idea of con­duct­ing distin­guished char­ac­ter­is­tics en­roll­ments be­fore ad­min­is­ter­ing the exam-free ad­mis­sions, Ko said such an im- por­tant de­ci­sion is not his to make alone.

Ko In­vites Stu­dents to City Hall

for Sum­mer Hol­i­day

In re­lated news, Ko in­vited ele­men­tary, mid­dle-school and col­lege stu­dents to an event yesterday that en­cour­aged stu­dents to visit or in­tern at Taipei City Hall dur­ing sum­mer va­ca­tions so as to bet­ter un­der­stand the func­tions and deal­ings of the city gov­ern­ment.

Ko said he hopes to get a dif- fer­ent per­spec­tive on mu­nic­i­pal poli­cies from lo­cal stu­dents, which is why stu­dents can ap­ply to visit and in­tern in 19 dif­fer­ent de­part­ments.

The mayor then joked that the ap­pli­ca­tion to be­come his in­tern would be the most pop­u­lar.

Dur­ing a Q&A with stu­dents, stu­dents were in­ter­ested in know­ing how Ko re­mains so en­er­getic while liv­ing a busy life, to which the mayor was quoted as say­ing, “just breathe.”

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