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Kaohsiung to hold referendum on cutting class sizes

Kaohsiung to hold referendum on cutting class sizes

Kaohsiung City is set to hold a referendum Saturday on cutting elementary and junior high school class sizes in the southern port city from 35 to 25 students.
It will mark the first city-wide referendum to be staged since the amendment of the country's Referendum Act.
Kaohsiung Election Commission officials announced that the results of the referendum will be announced within seven days of the vote.
The Kaohsiung Teacher's Association (KTA) urged all eligible voters to cast their ballots in support of the class size reduction in order to improve the quality of education in the city "for the sake of the students' futures."
All those aged 20 and older who have been registered as residents of the city for at least six months are eligible to vote in the referendum, the KTA said.
The association also reminded all eligible voters to bring proper identification, their personal seal and their voter registration document to the polling station.
The KTA, which initiated the referendum on reducing class sizes two years ago, has been holding large-scale campaigns in recent weeks to drum up support for the referendum.
However, many city officials have been arguing against it, pointing out that the municipal government will have to shell out an additional NT$32 million per year for extra teaching staff and classrooms if the referendum is passed.
For the referendum result to be valid, at least half of the city's eligible voters, or approximately 570,000 voters, must cast ballots in the vote. The referendum will be considered passed if over 50 percent vote in favor of the proposal.


Updated : 2021-10-25 17:37 GMT+08:00