Parents, children lined up over 12 hours to register for New Taipei cram school

By 4:00 a.m. in the morning on Dec. 1 there were over 100 people lined up outside the cram school

Screen grabs from Wensheng Wenli Cram School FB page

Screen grabs from Wensheng Wenli Cram School FB page

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – To demonstrate their commitment to providing their children a good education, many parents in Taiwan are willing to go to extremes.

A cram school in New Taipei’s Yonghe District (永和區), with a reputation built over 30 years, recently opened up registration for a junior high mathematics course on Saturday, Dec. 1, but parents and children were queuing up as early as 10 p.m. on Nov. 30 to ensure a spot in the program for their child.

While it may seem a bit much to spend an entire night outside a children’s cram school, for some parents it is worth it. Apple Daily reports that at 4:00 a.m. in the morning, there were nearly 100 people lined up waiting to register for the next round of courses.

An instructor speaking to the media said that the lines are a traditional method, and the fairest way, to determine who enters the classes.

Some parents however placed the burden of lining up overnight squarely on the shoulders of their children.

One second year junior high student surnamed Lu (盧) was sent by his father to line up at 11 p.m. on Friday night. When asked how he felt about the cram school, Lu replied that he thought the teachers did a good job of explaining the material and that the course would help him stay focused in classes at school.

One woman, surnamed Hsiao (蕭) did not arrive in line until 2:00 a.m., but expressed her confidence in the school’s program. Her child has been attending courses for over a year, and said the school is well known in Yonghe District.

Most parents expressed the opinion that as long as the curriculum is effective, they don’t mind the cost and don’t mind spending an evening outside a few times a year in order to ensure the best education for their children, reports Apple Daily.