60% of public schools offer bilingual courses

17 February, 2024

Courtesy of ICRT


According to a survey by an online educational website Parenting, 60% of Taiwan's public elementary and junior high schools now offer bilingual courses. In Chiayi, Tainan and Kaohsiung city, that rate is 100%.


However, the standards that local governments used for bilingual courses vary a lot. Some define them as having native speakers as teachers, while others only see if there are relevant government subsidies.

Asked about their response to the bilingual education policy so far, 77% of the local governments are worried about not having enough teachers in the field, and 32% express concern about insufficient funds.


According to the goals set by the Ministry of Education, all elementary and junior high schools nationwide will be able to conduct English classes entirely in English by the year 2030, and one-third of the schools can implement bilingual teaching in certain subject areas.

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