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September 30, 2011

Government Recognizes High School Homeschooling in Taiwan

By Tim Chen

After three years of relentless lobbying efforts and media campaigning by homeschoolers in Taiwan, Taiwan's Ministry of Education finally passed a regulation governing non-school type experimental education for upper secondary education in July 2011. This regulation recognizes home educated students for their high school studies starting in September 2011. Homeschool students whose study plan has been approved by their local government's education bureau will be allowed to enter university providing they pass both the high school graduation equivalent test and the university entrance examination.

Although homeschooling has been legal in Taiwan since 1999, the law previously only recognized home education during the compulsory school attendance years of 6- to 15-years old. Since school attendance is not compulsory after age 15, the government had largely ignored the rights of home educated high school students in Taiwan.

For example, home educated high school students were not allowed to attend university until they were at least 20 years old and boys must first have served their military service beginning at age 18. In contrast, school-educated high school students could go to university at 18 years old and boys are exempt from the draft until they completed their college education.

Another piece of good news is that in June the Ministry of Education implemented a national guideline to protect the rights of homeschooling families after Taiwan’s congress, the Legislative Yuan, passed an amendment to the National Eduction Act in January 2010. These two pieces of legislation are the most significant breakthrough in Taiwan education regulatory environment since homeschooling was legalized 12 years ago.

Tim Chen is the Chief Organizer of Taiwan Homeschool Advocates.

Learn more by visiting HSLDA’s Taiwan page.