What is Taiwan Educational system? Taiwan currently implements a nine-year compulsory education system, which includes six years of elementary school and three years of junior high school. Following the compulsory education is three-years of senior high school that will then lead to four years in university or college.
English : English is a compulsory subject within the mainstream school system from Grade 3 Elementary School and up.
Native languages : Additional language classes in Taiwanese and Hakka are offered.
Junior high school spans grades 7 through 9 and is the last half of compulsory education. Unlike the slower pace of elementary school, junior high students typically have a single goal in life: to score high on the national senior high school entrance exams at the end of 9th grade. Consequently, the pressure on students from teachers and parents is intense. Though instruction officially ends around 5PM, students often stay in school till as late as 8 or 9PM for "extra classes" Junior high school in Taiwan
Senior high school spans grades 10 through 12, again the main 4 goal of students is to score highly on the national university entrance exams at the end of their third year. The pace is just as, if not more intense than junior high school.
Vocational schools are three-year institutions similar to normal high schools. Unlike normal high schools, they place a heavier emphasis on practical and vocational skills.
Incoming students typically choose a single concentration, such as electrical engineering, civil engineering, computer science or business. Some specialized vocational schools also offer programs in seamanship and agriculture .
Vocational school graduates may also participate in the national university entrance exams. It is not uncommon for students to select vocational school over high school and proceed to a four year college afterwards.
There are over 100 institutions of higher education in Taiwan. Roughly 66.6% of the over 100,000 students taking the national university entrance exams are accepted to a higher educational institution.
Since the 1990s many trade schools and junior colleges have been "promoted" to university status, which can account for the high university entrance rates.
Nonetheless, a high score is desired as an admission criterion to the prestigious institutions.
Taiwan has many universities, both public and private. Tuition is less expensive in public than in private universities. Many public universities have financial support from the government for research purposes.
In terms of public resources and expenses for higher education, both used to be incentives for students when they are choosing between public and private universities after their high school education.