Monday, 18 May 2015

Education System in Taiwan

Students may study, under the current education system, for up to 20 years, which includes 6 years of primary education, 3 years of junior high school, 3 years of senior high school, 4 to 7 years of college or university, 1 to 4 years for a master’s degree and 2 to 7 years for a doctoral degree.

The school year is divided into two semesters. The first begins in the beginning of September and ends in February; the second begins in March and ends in August. -wikipedia

Subjects in Primary Education / Elementary School
Chinese, Math (Begins with basics, reaches algebra and geometry in 6th grade) , Science (Basics of all three sciences), English (Compulsory for Elementary School Grade 3 and up), Native Languages (Taiwanese / Hakka), Social Studies, Music, Art

Subjects in Junior High School
Literature (Classical and modern Chinese literature and poetry, composition and public speaking), Mathematics (Single and two variable algebra, geometry, proofs, trigonometry, and pre-calculus), English (Essential English grammar), Science & Technology
Biology: Taken during first year, includes more in depth studies and lab work.
Chemistry: Taken during second year. More rigorous introduction to atoms, molecule, and chemical reactions, including lab work.
Physics: Taken during third year. More rigorous introduction to physical laws and equations, including lab work.
Earth Science: Taken during third year.
Technology: Taken during the whole three years. Introduce some basic technology in daily life.

  • Social Studies
    • Civics: Basic demotics, politics, and economics.
    • History: Focus on the history of Taiwan and China during the first two years, and world history during third year.
    • Geography: Contain introductive geography accompanied with geography of Taiwan first year, geography of China and East Asia during second year, and the world geography during third year.
  • Home economics & crafts
  • Art: Inclusive of three independent parts: Fine Art, Music, and Drama.
  • PE
  • Scout education: Outdoor survival skills.

Subjects in Senior High School
(Senior high school spans grades 10 through 12, again the main goal of students is to score highly on the national university entrance exams at the end of their third year. The pace is just as, if not more intense than junior high school.)

"In many high schools incoming students may select science or liberal arts tracks depending on where their interests lie. The different learning tracks are commonly referred to as groups. Group I consists of liberal arts students, Group II and Group III of science based students (the latter studies biology as an additional subject). Science based curriculum consists of more rigorous science and mathematics classes intended to prepare the student for a career in the sciences and engineering; the liberal arts track places a heavier emphasis on literature and social studies to prepare students for a future in those fields. Often, students in Group I are exempted to study science even if they wish to, and students in Group II are not required to take geography, civics and history." Wikipedia

Credits: Wikipedia

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