New Taipei City Education Bureau is to hold 30 junior high school student aptitude events, providing 2,500 free places on a program designed to help students understand their individual aptitudes and interests, so that they can find a suitable future vocation and reach their full potential. Students who register to participate in the event will also be entered into a prize draw.
New Taipei City Education Department Commissioner Chang Ming-wen says it is important that students explore different careers and choose a vocation that suits their particular skill set and personality. Teachers and parents can help students to try out a diverse range of vocations and understand their own aptitude, interests and abilities, Chang says. Teachers and parents can gather relevant information for discussion with their children, so that they can together plan out a suitable career path to understand what type of college or vocational discipline is most suitable, and use the information gained as a reference when considering further education choices, he adds.
The department says it has held a range of events to promote student aptitude since 2013, including talks, field practice and tours, internships and taster courses, so that students and parents can both gain a deeper understanding of technical and vocational education. This year, the department is using online tours to introduce students to the unique aspects of each vocational discipline and is also promoting seven hands-on taster courses. After registration, an information pack will be mailed to the address provided, allowing students and parents to work through the materials at home together, enhancing parent-child interaction.
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Huang Yi-ting, a teacher at Yifang Elementary School, says she is a parent of a third-grade junior high-school student, and this year participated in an aptitude course organized by Jui-Fang Industrial High School. Huang says the course was extremely practical and helped her to understand the current situation and future trends relating to technical and vocational education. Huang added that such events help children to understand what they could go on to study at college and possible career paths after graduation. It also helps teachers provide clearer ideas and information, so that they can help guide students’ thought processes and decision-making, says Huang.
(Liberty Times, translated by Edward Jones)
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