Newspaper article China Post

'200K Students Are Waiting for Failure': NTNU

Newspaper article China Post

'200K Students Are Waiting for Failure': NTNU

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Policy researchers at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU, [...]) on Monday called for more educational resources for disadvantaged children, arguing that education inequality should be seen as an issue of national economic security.

"Around 200,000 students in compulsory education are waiting for failure,"NTNU Education Department head Hsu Tien-ming ([...]) said at a press conference held to propose policy ideas to the incoming government.

Hsu said the school's policy team had found that 12 percent of students in Taiwan lack the "basic competency to function in modern society," citing results from international exams.

With approximately 2 million students in primary and secondary schools nationwide, 12 percent amounts to 200,000 pupils. Even more concerning is that most of these students are from low-income families and do not receive proper support from teachers, Hsu said.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates that if all students in Taiwan were to obtain basic learning competencies by 2030, the nation's GNP would increase by US$852 billion. …

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