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Kaohsiung to hold referendum on smaller primary school classes

Kaohsiung to hold referendum on smaller primary school classes

The southern port city of Kaohsiung will hold Taiwan's first local referendum in mid-November to decide whether to reduce class sizes in municipal elementary schools beginning in the 2009-2010 academic year.
The referendum question, which would require the city to limit elementary school classes to no more than 25 students, down from the 31 they average at present, was introduced by the Kaohsiung Teachers' Association and endorsed by more than 57,000 of the city's eligible voters.
The association contended that smaller classes could improve the city's quality of education, but municipal education officials argued it would be difficult to carry out the plan at present because schools that are already financially strapped would have to build more classrooms.
The city government will set up 203 polling stations for the referendum on Nov. 15. It is now in the process of preparing a list Kaohsiung's approximately 1.17 million eligible voters.
The referendum is expected to cost the city government NT$11.5 million (US$342,700).
According to the nation's Referendum Law, more than half of all eligible voters in the city must cast their votes, and the proposal has to be endorsed by more than half of the ballots cast for it to be passed.


Updated : 2021-03-03 05:16 GMT+08:00