Central Office of the Ministry of Education Vice-Director Mao-Shou Yang Discusses the Strategic Alliance and Promotes the 12-Ye
During the 100th academic year, a symposium was held in our library, at the 7th floor high-level conference hall at 10 o’clock on Thursday morning, March 22, 2012. We invited the Taiwan Ministry of Education Office’s Vice-Director Mao-Shou Yang to give a speech about the Strategic Alliance, which promotes the importance of basic civil education.
Vice-Director Mao-Shou Yang, who has held this position since 2001, said that the Ministry of Education promotes the implementation of high school community-based programs. The Ministry of Education began to promote the high school community-based program policy prior to the implementation of the 12-year national basic education program, as announced on October 18, 2006. The high school community-based educational resources program is one of the 12-year national basic education planning programs. Since the beginning of the 2006 school year, the Ministry of Education has also had a particular interest in promoting the Strategic Alliance plan for technical colleges and vocational high schools. The content of this plan includes:
1.Technology universities and vocational high schools promoting project work and research simultaneously
2.Technology universities and vocational high schools jointly promoting articulation of academic curricula
3.Technology universities and vocational high schools promoting industry-university cooperation (including work-study programs)
4.Joint cooperation in other activities and programs related to the Strategic Alliance
Vice-Director Mao-Shou Yang also pointed out that the original Strategic Alliance plan, which commenced at the beginning of this year, will include two additional secondary plans.
The plans are for junior high school students to experience and visit the education programs and to implement junior high school students’ educational guidance plans. Therefore, the objective of junior high school students’ experience and visitation plans include:
1. Determining junior high school students’ abilities:
This includes receiving suggestions from the combined vocational schools and utilizing the plan to explore junior high school proposals, as well as planning content which is related to departments within technology universities. After graduating from junior high school, students will receive content about senior high school departments. In addition, we will invite them to visit and actually experience neighboring technology universities.
2. Planning studies:
This will be accomplished through the introduction of further studies indicating the choice of diversified studies in the description of courses within technical and vocational studies.
3.Technical and vocational course features:
Using the analysis to fit character into the introduction of technical and vocational courses, and adapting the outcome of the technical and vocational characteristics.
4. Employment-oriented features:
The ultimate goal of studies is to create economic benefits from the acquisition of skills. Selecting technical and vocational education is beneficial when entering the workforce by creating more options.
5. The practical visiting experience:
Seeing the teaching equipment in practice and various practical methods of teaching can create a deeper impression and enhance students’ notions about going to technology school. In this way, we can achieve the planned project goals.
The technical education program for junior high school students is aimed at corresponding with the 12-year national education program for 2014. The first milestone in students’ educational process will come after graduating from the junior high school, for then they can make a choice about the next step in furthering their education. They can choose to attend a university from senior high school and in this way choose to go to a technology university or a vocational school (five-year college). This program enables middle school graduates to have multiple-track choices for further education. To create a balance between middle high school students’ understanding of normal high school and technology schools, and to guide them to choose the technology schools for further education, the Ministry of Education has taken some measures. The Ministry is trying to improve students’ willingness to go to a technology school. By promoting the structure of present strategic union programs on the Internet, and inviting the teachers of vocational schools and technology schools to participate in the promotional activities, the students, teachers and the students’ parents will have access to more information about the method of attending a technology school and its curriculum content, as well as future developments. It is obvious that all levels of the Strategic Alliance in different schools will play a very important role in promoting the 12-year national basic education program.