English test mistake meeting to be held today

By Chi-hao James Lo ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The National Examination Committee for the 2015 Comprehensive Assessment Program For Junior High School Students (�ꤤ�Ш|�|�ҥ����հȷ|) will hold a meeting today to ponder damage control options to respond to the nationwide English listening test oversight that resulted in many junior high students losing five minutes of exam time. During the nationwide English listening exam portion of the Comprehensive Assessment Program For Junior High School Students on Sunday, several faculty proctors asked test-takers to turn in their exam papers three to five minutes early. Due to insufficient time, numerous students apparently shed tears at test centers from stress at failing to complete their tests.

The Ministry of Education’s (MOE) K-12 Education Administration Deputy Director General Huang Tzu-teng (���l��) said that initial reports revealed that there were 79 examination centers who asked more than 3,000 students to turn in their exams early. However, Huang said that follow-up reports later confirmed that only 43 centers asked test-takers to turn in their exams early. According to the Taoyuan Test District National Examination Center, this is the first time that the English listening test was added to the Comprehensive Assessment Program For Junior High School Students. Initially, the National Examination Committee had told all test districts to tell their centers to end the exam once the recording on the listening tape had concluded. However, an official letter on April 30 later decreed that tests would end at the signal of a bell after the conclusion of the recording, which likely confused test proctors.

‘Damage Control’ to Be Initiated to the Benefit of Students: Education Minister Three Kuomintang (KMT) legislators, Chiang Nai-shin (���D��), Chen Shei-saint (���Ǹt) and Lu Shiow-yen (�c�q�P), yesterday visited Education Minister Wu Se-hwa (�d����) to discuss solutions to rectify the mistake. Lu was quoted as saying that as short as three to five minutes may sound, the amount of time lost would influence the chances of a student substantially when applying for high school entry. Chiang also criticized proctors for putting students into such a difficult situation. Chen later relayed the decision of Wu following their meeting, stating that the education minister told the National Examination Committee to deal with the situation, with any decision putting students first. According to Taipei Jingmei Girls High School principal, Huang Yun-chin (���I�@), who also serves as the committee chief of this year’s program, the committee will be lenient toward vague answers. A meeting to develop a solution in response to the oversight will be held today at 2 p.m., Huang said.