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Educational Works for Talent Cultivation
- The Construction of Practical Education Activities
- Restructuring curriculums: during the 1995 academic school year, the 5-day school week was implemented by all elementary schools; during the 1996 academic school year, a flexible course schedule was introduced in Junior High Schools, making for a more flexible curriculum in elementary and Junior High Schools and inspiring more originality in the educational process by teachers.
- Encourage going beyond the norm: In 1996, Hsin-Chu City, due to receiving academic excellence honors awarded by the Ministry of Education, received a 20% increase in educational subsidies to cover construction and equipment expenses.
- Breakthroughs in experimental teaching: Allowing those parents whose background is in education to have a chance to achieve their dream. The home-learning experimental plan for all elementary students in Hsin-Chu City gives parents different options in regards to education and helps attain the goal of equal educational opportunities.
- The implementation of strengthening fundamentals courses¡GIn order to reach the goal of providing suitable and diversified education, Hsin-Chu City has pushed forward with small class "spirit" plan, in which highly qualified teachers conduct lessons and, at the same time, as a result of diversification, students of varying degrees can personally discover their own strengths and potential.
- Move Towards Internationalism and Global Connection
- Pushing forward with education in the sciences: Educational activities, namely National Science Week, the Technology Exhibition, the Science Fair, and Journeys and Studies through Technology, were held in 1999. These activities were made possible through the cooperation of nation-wide high-tech organizations (for example, National Space Program Office Preparatory Department, Precision Instrument Development Center, National Center for High-Performance Computing, etc) Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd., National Chiao-Tung University, and the CYC, etc. This has allowed scores of Hsin-Chu residents to observe the advancements being made in the high-technology industry within the country.
- The implementation of early-stage English language education: Globalization is upon us, and English has become the most important form of international communication. In response to the demands of Hsin-Chu City residents, English education became a mandatory subject, beginning in second grade, for all elementary schools during the 2001 academic school year; in the following academic school year, it changed to Grade 1. Furthermore, in an effort to create an environment to promote "happy and natural feelings for speaking English", the city instituted the first foreign teacher cooperation within the country. This, of course, gave the children an opportunity to be in close contact with a foreign teacher and a chance to speak English in and out of the classroom, which, over the course of time, will aid the students' English speaking abilities and make the language a part of students' lives.
- Synchronizing information education with the world: Seeing the transformation from every school having a computer terminal to every classroom having one is a clear display of progress. In addition, Internet access within the classroom has provided a link to the entire world and a wealth of educational resources, giving educators more than enough materials and children the chance to keep up-to-date with the rest of the world.
- New ways for educators to pursue further education: During the 2000 academic year, 18 teachers were selected to participate in a program in which educators traveled to the U.S. to observe educational practices and diversification implementation policies first-hand; later during the 2001academic school year, the second wave of educators were selected and, this time, sent to England to observe math instruction. The following academic year (2002) saw more educators being dispatched to New Zealand in regards to furthering studies in English education. These overseas programs have proven highly essential and effective in broadening the "globalized" view of all educators.
- Increase the Number of Schools in the Community and Open More Channels for Entrance into Middle and High Schools
- The construction of 3 new national Junior High Schools: Nei Hu Junior High School (1991), Hu Lin Junior High School (1997), Chien Kung Junior High School (1998); the establishment of these 3 educational institutions met the population demands of the community.
- The construction of 4 new national elementary schools: Ting Pu Elementary School (1991), Yang Kuang Elementary School (2001), Chiu She Elementary School (2001), Ke Yuan (temporary name) Elementary School (2002)-which is presently making final adjustments and all necessary preparations and will begin official enrollment in 2003. These 4 educational institutions are examples of the "small school-small class" policy, which has been implemented within the community.
- The construction of 3 "complete" high schools: Cheng Te Senior High School (1996), Hsiang Shan Senior High School (1998), Chien Kung Senior High School (2001); the establishment of these institutions increases educational opportunities and provides diversity in the school selection process.
- Create New School Environments
- The implementation of the "Lowering Classroom Student Population" project: In1998, the maximum classroom occupancy of all Grade 1 classes in elementary schools was lowered to 35 students; some junior high schools have already began to lower their occupancy levels to 35 as well. During the 2002 academic school year, all Grade 1 through Grade 5 classroom occupancy levels were set at 35 students or less; junior high schools implemented a similar comprehensive policy, which lowered the maximum classroom occupancy to 38 students.
- Improve the school environment and substantiate office facilities:
- a.Provide subsidies each year to cover expenses such as the improvement of classrooms and labs, bathroom repair and construction, and the activity center.
- b.Administrative expenses were increased from 600NT$ to 900 NT$ for every class within elementary schools; adjustments were also made to the subsidies allocated for junior high school activity expenses-previously 1,100 NT$; presently 1,300 NT$.
- Loosen the restrictions on setting up athletic and lab departments: Loosen the restriction standards that coincide with the establishment of athletic and lab departments; implement plans for development of athletics and experimentation, which will ultimately aid in the development of students' potential and help attain educational goals.
- Encourage the establishment of private schools: Take an active approach in advising and assisting on the establishment of private schools. In regards to school affairs, give private schools full autonomy. Presently, Ching Shan Elementary School has already completed its third year of successful of recruitment and enrollment.
- Push Forward with Athletics
- Establish a school activity center and gymnasium: From 1992 until the present, construction of school activity centers and gymnasiums has taken place within the following schools-Hsiang Shan Senior High School, Kuang Wu Junior High School, Kuang Tu Elementary School, Ta chuang Elementary School, Kuang Hua Junior High School, Hu Lin Junior High School, Nan Hua Elementary School, Min Fu Elementary School, Chien Kung Elementary School, and San Min Junior High School.
- Carry out large-scale construction of physical education facilities:
The completion of construction on the Hsin-Chu City Gymnasium, the Hsiang Shan Swimming Pool, and the Hsiang Shan Multi-Purpose Sporting Complex means the residents of the city now have standard facilities for exercising and athletic competitions.
- Construction of the gymnasium: completed on November 13th, 1997;
cost: NT$ 274,800,000
- Construction of the Hsiang Shan Swimming Pool: completed on August 30th, 1994; cost: NT$ 3,850,000
- The Hsiang Shan Multi-Purpose Sporting Complex: completed in 1994;
The development of a physical education foundation by the juridical members of Hsin-Chu City:
In order to raise the standards of physical education in Hsin-Chu City, community resources were used to establish the foundation. The foundation's purpose is to improve physical education environments within the city, substantiate all P.E. facilities and equipment, move forward with P.E. research, and develop more comprehensive P.E. programs.
- Establish physical education classes for schools
Physical education classes were established at 2 schools within the city: Cheng Te Senior High School and Hu Lin Elementary School. The early stage of physical education at Cheng Te Senior High School was comprised mainly of track and field sports, bicycling sports, swimming, and tae kwon do; later, after thorough evaluations, only track and field sports, handball sports, and swimming were retained as part of the curriculum. The results of this curriculum have been outstanding. At Hu Lin Elementary School, the P.E. curriculum included mostly classes in table tennis. Training was relentless, resulting in 2 local schools having the honor of representing the city in national competitions. Because of this, physical education has become a specialized field that is receiving large amounts of support.
- The Comprehensive Lunch Plan for Students
In order to provide a nutritional lunch for students, central lunch-kitchens were constructed in San Min Elementary School, Hsin Chu Elementary School, and Hsiang Shan Senior High School. Each school kitchen reported the following lunch statistics:
- San Min Elementary School: Started in November of 1993; provided lunches for San Min, Tung Men, Long Shan, Kuan Tung, Tung Yuan elementary schools; approximate total: 12,000 people.
- Hsin Chu Elementary School: Started in May of 1998; provided lunches for Hsin Chu and Chu Lian elementary schools; approximate total: 4,500 people.
- Hsiang Shan Senior High School: Started in February of 2001; provided lunches for Nei Hu, Hsiang Shan, Ta Chuang, Ting Pu, Chao Shan, Chie Tung, Ta Hu, and Nan Ai elementary schools, as well as Fu Li and Nei hu Junior High Schools; approximate total: 7,000 people.
- Quality Education for Young Learners
- The widespread construction of kindergarten-inclusive elementary schools:
In July of 2000, a kindergarten was established within Chien Ching Elementary School. It was the 23rd public kindergarten set up in the city. As of now, approximately 85% of all elementary schools include a kindergarten.
- Granting preschool education coupons: Coupons for preschool education were first issued in 1990. As of 2001, the number subsidies for preschool students 5 years of age and attending a private kindergarten within the city had reached approximately 7,500 (monetary value = 37,500,00 NT$).
- Vision examinations for children: Vision examinations for preschoolers were implemented as part of student health-care during the 2001 academic school year. Furthermore, reviews were made of each preschool student's vision health-care education and work; the results of these reviews were most helpful.
- Kindergarten reviews: Conduct reviews on all private kindergartens within the city. Awards are to be handed out according to the results of these reviews, as well as establishing guidance/support teams to assist those kindergartens that did not fair that well in regards to the reviews. This is part of the overall effort to raise the quality of education for young learners within the city.
- More Care and Less Complication in Special Education
- Increase the number of special education classes year by year: The 1996 academic school year saw the establishment of 3 resource classes and 1 music class. In the 1997 academic year, another resource class and music class, 4 revolving advising classes, and the first ever art class during the 10 years of special education were all added. The 1998 academic year included 6 more resource classes and 2 classes for pre-elementary education. During the 2000 academic school year, there were the following additions: 6 "caring for the disabled" resource classes, a mixed class and another more music class. Lastly, the 2001 academic school year saw these further additions: a mixed class, a music class, and another revolving advising class.
- Increase the 'arrangement' rate of special education students year by year: There was a 81.92% arrangement rate for all special education students within the during the 1997 academic school year. In the 1998 academic school year it broke into the 2001 percentile and reached 92.09%. After this, the rate has gradually climbed to the goal of 100% (presently 98%) due to the constant improvement in the quality of special education. This is mainly due to the hard work of all related employees and educators.
- A compilation of rules and laws governing special education: Comprehensive agreements were made on the rules and laws governing special education during the latter half of 2000. As a result, a compilation of all the rules and laws within the city called "Bao Bei Hsiang Chien Zou (Baby, Walk Forward )" was published in May of 2001.
- Comprehensive evaluations of students with learning disabilities: In cooperation with the Ministry of Education's 12-Year National Education Plan for Special Education, comprehensive evaluations were made of all students. These evaluations certified the studies of disabled learners and created a process for special education students to further their studies. Enrollment was granted to professional special education high schools by way of the application process.
- The extending of special education to children 3 years-old: In cooperation with the Ministry of Education's "Extending of Special Education to Children 3 Years-old" policy, announcements and arrangements were made for early special education. One space was always made available for mentally challenged students in every kindergarten class within the city. Furthermore, private kindergartens were rewarded for recruiting special education students.
- Innovations in Advanced Placement (AP) Education:
- 2001 saw the completion of the city's "Early Entrance and Shortened Formal Studies for Gifted Students in Elementary and Junior High Schools" program. In addition, assistance was given to all schools in implementing this plan, as well as support and encouragement of advanced placement education.
- As of 1999, advanced placement examinations for early entrance began to occur on a yearly basis, which allowed gifted children five years of age the opportunity to enter elementary school one year earlier.
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