Date: Oct 26, 2015
By: Loa Iok-sin / Staff reporter
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文)
campaign headquarters yesterday promised to cautiously review high-school entrance programs, following a demonstration by a parents’ group, demanding that the Basic Competence Test for Junior-High School Students (BCT) be restored as the qualifying exam for senior high-school admission.
Holding placards reading: “Restore the BCT to make people worry-free” and “Parents support whoever supports parents,” members of the National Parents’ Alliance for 12-year Compulsory Education yesterday rallied outside Tsai’s campaign headquarters in Taipei, saying that if elected, Tsai should restore the BCT, as the current senior high-school entrance programs are too complicated.
“We demand the BCT be restored because it better accommodates the characteristics of different students. For instance, students with special talents might be directly admitted into high school without taking the exam, but for the 12-year compulsory education program, everyone is required to follow the Comprehensive Assessment Program for Junior High-School Students [CAP] exam,” alliance president Chow Mei-li (周美里) said. [FULL STORY]