Amended 10 June 2004
These Regulations are adopted pursuant to Article 11 of the Senior High School Law and Article 8 (1) of the Rules Governing Vocational Schools.
Educational experiments carried out at senior secondary schools shall cover the following areas:
- School system;
- Administrative organization;
- Course instruction;
- Student affairs and counseling;
- Cooperation between area schools;
- Other educational experimentation approved by the competent educational authority.
Senior secondary schools undertaking educational experiments shall submit their educational experiment programs to the competent educational authority for approval prior to their implementation.
The abovementioned educational experiment shall set out in detail the following:
- Funding needs;
- Expected results;
- Information on the background of the director of the experiment and any participating research personnel;
- Measures after cessation of experiments.
Senior secondary schools carrying out an area-wide educational experiment involving multiple schools shall select from among themselves one school to act as convener, which shall submit the experiment proposal and a contract for cooperation between the schools to the competent educational authority. When different participating schools are governed by different competent authorities, however, each school shall first obtain the approval of its respective authority.
When undertaking educational experiments with students are the subjects, the senior secondary schools shall abide by the following requirements:
- Consent shall be obtained from individual students and their legal agents, or the experimental nature of the programs shall be clearly set out in the recruitment prospectus.
- Consent must be given where the experimental subjects and their legal agents apply to terminate the experiments. However the school shall consider the overall benefits of the experiment and make appropriate arrangements in respect of experiments for which there would be difficulties in terminating them.
- The handling school supervising the experiment may terminate the participation of experimental subjects who violate the rules of the experiment or who do not conform to the requirements of the experiment.
- Experimental subjects or their legal agents applying to learn the results of the experiment shall be so informed.
- Confidentiality of information relating to experimental subjects shall be ensured and any negative impact on the mental or physical health of subjects shall be avoided.
The competent educational authority shall establish a review committee for senior secondary school educational experiments. The review committee shall be responsible for appraisal of proposals for educational experiments, and shall be composed of seven to nine persons. Those hired to serve on the committee shall be educational administrators, scholars, experts, principals of senior secondary schools, teacher or teacher association representatives, representatives of parents or the parent association, and persons with a strong commitment to education. Committee members shall select a chairman from among themselves.
Evaluation of senior secondary school educational experiments shall be undertaken as follows:
- Self-appraisal shall be carried out on a regular basis by schools participating in the experiment
- The competent educational authority shall organize evaluation team(s) to undertake appraisal through on-site visits and follow-up supervision.
Senior secondary schools carrying out educational experiments shall file a mid-term report on the experiment with the competent educational authority at the conclusion of each academic year, and a final report at the conclusion of the experiment. In the case of cooperation between area schools, reports shall be submitted by the convening school.
The competent educational authority may provide subsidies for senior secondary schools undertaking educational experiments.
Special recognition shall be granted to senior secondary school educational experiments that receive excellent evaluations. When the benefits of an experiment are worthy of broader dissemination, a public seminar may be held.
When the competent educational authority believes that a senior secondary school educational experiment is at variance with the original proposal or negatively affects the rights and interests of the experiment's subjects, it shall take necessary measures with respect to the schools following an appraisal by the evaluation committee. Such measures may include one or more of the following actions:
- exercise supervision;
- issue an official reprimand;
- require corrective action within a specified time period; and/or
- terminate the experiment.
Where any circumstance in the subparagraphs of the preceding paragraph occurs in a senior secondary school experiment and results in harm to students' rights and interests, the competent educational authority may adopt remedial measures as necessary following a review by the evaluation committee.
Senior secondary schools undertaking area cooperation shall establish area planning committee, under which teachers may be appointed to undertake area cooperation work. Senior secondary schools participating in area cooperation may appoint teachers to also undertake experimental and research works, and the school may pursuant to regulations submit to the relevant competent educational authority for its approval to reduce the teaching hours.
Schools undertaking area cooperation may arrange for their teachers to teach at the cooperation schools, with their teaching hours to be consolidated in the basic teaching hours. Subject to the approval of the relevant competent educational authority following their application, the said schools may, where the situation warrants, lighten the teaching hours and times, at a maximum of nine hours per week.
These Regulations shall enter into force from the date of issuance.
Note: These Regulations are adopted in Chinese, which shall prevail in case of any discrepancy between the English translation and the Chinese original.