Premier pushes for easing of preschool English education rules

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/09/28
By: Ku Chuan and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Sept. 28 (CNA) Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) has directed the Ministry of

Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) / CNA file photo

Education (MOE) to look at ways to ease regulations that currently ban English education at preschools, in an effort to start the process of transforming Taiwan into a country that speaks Chinese and English.

Lai issued the instruction during a meeting last week with officials from the MOE and National Development Council, Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka told CNA Thursday when asked about the premier’s plan to make Taiwan a bilingual country, with English and Chinese as official languages.

Concrete proposals are expected to be presented in 2019.

Kolas said that during the meeting, which discussed how to best ensure the development of bilingual education in Taiwan, it was suggested that the earlier children start learning a language, the quicker they learn to use the language.

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