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Economic Daily News: Don't ruin technical talent pool

Economic Daily News: Don't ruin technical talent pool

Taiwan owes much of its strong economic growth over the past decades to its rich talent pool, which grew from a special element in traditional Chinese culture that prioritizes education.
In addition to a high enrollment rate in primary schools, Taiwan used to have a well-devised technical and vocational secondary education system that fed its skilled workforce and drove its industrial development.
This asset, however, is fast diminishing due to a combination of factors. These include overemphasis on entrance exams and a shift to a more theoretical curriculum in the tech-voc high school system over the past 10 years.
Under a tertiary education reform program, many prestigious tech-voc high schools have sought to upgrade to university level by increasing the number of theoretical courses in their curricula. Such a shift would eventually lead to a shortage of mid-level technicians, who are badly needed to sustain Taiwan's economic development.
The government should not disregard the possible detrimental effects of this trend on Taiwan's long-term economic well-being.
(Editorial abstract -- Sept. 10, 2010).
(By Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-08-02 06:56 GMT+08:00