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[quote]The Ministry of Education has approved a new policy to allow private elementary and high schools to open special classes teaching in English language for all courses. Private primary schools as well as junior high and senior high schools will be able to set up education programs in English under the new measure, which is expected to be formally announced before the end of this month.
Vice Education Minister Wu Tsai-shun said students attending such classes should have foreign nationalities or students of the Republic of China with dual citizenships.
English will be the language used in such classes, but schools can also include courses like Chinese literature, history and geography that will be taught in Chinese language.
Yet such Chinese-language courses will be limited to one third of the total courses, Wu said.
Some public schools funded by the government expressed interest in and the need to offer the same classes.
Liu Ho-jan, director of the Department of Education at the Taipei County Government, said some foreign engineers expressed the need to send their children to all-English schools or classes.
But there are only five private elementary and high schools in the sprawling county, making it difficult for foreign residents or employees to choose a convenient school outside Xindian, Zhonghe, Yunghe, and Bali areas.
The living environment and education for their children rank high among the major concerns of foreigners who are working in Taiwan or planning to come to work here, he added.
(Wu) stressed that the MOE will consider possible further relaxation of the regulations after completing a study on the results of the experimental English education to be offered by the private schools.
Interesting. Pity they still cannot/do not want to allow really bilingual schools. The new all-English will be restricted to foreign/dual nationality kids. Pity they are missing out on teh experience, and that they will not be able to integrate into the educational system here… if they wanted. I am sure a proper bilingual system open to all would be greately beneficial to local teachers and students alike. And with this program limited to private schools, profit will be the main constraint.