[Translation Winkler Partners, 2002]
Issued 14 July 2000
These Regulations are adopted pursuant to Article 6 paragraph 3 of the Senior High School Law ("the Law").
Where the government or a private party establishes a senior high school offering experimental education for the purposes of fulfilling educational aspirations and diversifying educational options, it shall comply with these Regulations unless otherwise provided for by law.
"Educational experimentation" as referred to in Article 6 paragraph 1 subparagraph 4 of the Law shall cover the following areas:
- school system;
- administrative organization;
- curriculum and instruction;
- student affairs and counseling; and
- any other educational experimentation approved by the competent educational authority.
To establish an experimental senior high school, the applicant shall submit a proposal for school establishment and educational experimentation to the competent educational authority and obtain the approval thereof before establishing the experimental senior high school.
The proposal for school establishment and educational experimentation referred to in the preceding paragraph shall set forth the following particulars:
- name of school;
- scope and purpose(s) of experiment;
- experimental curriculum and a description thereof;
- location of school, area of the school lot, and related information;
- taffing and the number of teachers and students per class and grade;
- processes, methodologies, and anticipated results of experimentation;
- duration of experimentation;
- estimate of school funding requirements; and
- information related to the applicant, principal, and teachers.
A party applying to establish an experimental senior high school shall provide a school lot, school structures, and teaching facilities that are sufficient to satisfy basic pedagogical and administrative needs connected with the educational experiment, and shall not be subject to the provisions of the Standards for Senior High School Facilities, or of the Standards for the Establishment of Private Schools of All Kinds and Levels.
The applicant shall submit duly notarized evidentiary documents stating that the owner of the aforesaid school lot and school structures permits legal use thereof within the duration of the experiment.
The competent educational authority shall organize a review committee to review applications for establishment of experimental high schools and proposals for educational experimentation.
The review committee shall be composed of nine to fifteen members retained (or appointed) by the competent educational authority to serve in a concurrent capacity; committee members shall be scholars and experts, senior high school principals, impartial citizens, and government representatives. The committee chairperson shall be either selected by the committee members from among themselves, or designated by the competent educational authority.
Students at experimental senior high schools shall be graded in accordance with the Regulations Governing Evaluation of the Performance of Senior High School Students. A school may prescribe supplementary rules if necessary and report them to the competent educational authority for recordation.
To amend the proposal for school establishment and educational experimentation referred to in Article 4 paragraph 2 of these Regulations, an experimental senior high school must submit the amendment for approval by the competent educational authority six months prior to the beginning of the new academic year.
An experimental senior high school shall submit a report every academic year regarding its educational experiments to the competent educational authority.
The competent educational authority shall organize an evaluation team to appraise the effectiveness of the educational experiments conducted by experimental senior high schools. Those schools with excellent achievements in this respect shall be granted special recognition.
Where any of the following events occurs at an experimental senior high school established by a private party, the competent educational authority may, as the circumstances merit, take necessary disciplinary action pursuant to the provisions of the Private School Law:
- failure to conduct educational experiments as set forth in the proposal for educational experimentation;
- unauthorized amendment of the proposal for educational experimentation;
- illegal recruitment of students, or admission of an excessive number of students; or
- a finding by the evaluation team that the school is poorly run.
Experimental education at the senior high school level may be provided outside the school setting as a means of protecting students' right to education. The provisions of these Regulations shall apply mutatis mutandis to applications for the establishment of experimental education programs of such nature.
A maximum of one hundred students may be admitted into the experimental education programs referred to in the preceding paragraph, and the teacher-student ratio shall be no lower than one to ten.
These Regulations shall enter into force from the date of issuance.
These Regulations are adopted in Chinese, which shall prevail in case of any discrepancy between the English translation and the Chinese original.
Note: This Law is enacted in Chinese, which shall prevail in case of any discrepancy between the English translation and the Chinese original.