hsinhai78 wrote:Before we conclude that this is a case of xenophobia we should wait until OP reports back after next week.
And as I have written in my first (long) reply, separate quotas and placements are in fact the legal reality and usually work to the benefits of foreigners, i.e. in college admissions in Taiwan. I can somewhat sympathise with the officials that OP encountered: Taiwanese parents compete for placements and a foreign family being given de-facto preference would cause social tensions. I am sure that would cause social tensions in Western countries as well.
My wife checked back with the education department website today and said that there are no places left with striking distance of Xindian. So we have been excluded from any chance of a place in a public school this year, based only nationality, and with no indication that the situation will be any different next year. The problem is not that we didn't get a place, but that we didn't even get to apply for the chance of a place.
My wife contacted the education department and they took her details and said they will get back to us. If they don't get back we will contact the news, I am sure Tsai Ying Wen's opponents would be delighted to hear a story like this.
Obviously it was unfair when foreign nationals had preferential access, but the remedy is not to take this and to turn it into no access at all.
Actually, it was Tsai's opponents the ones who wrote and executed legislation like this. the new government has been in power barely 8 days and anyways, regarding regulations, they won't be able to make any changes in at least two years. This and many other troublesome landmines have been planted in advance to see the new Administration stumble, and general rule of thumb is that anyone who performs their job regardless of banner is considered a traitor and hence will be punished accordingly when the blues regain power -no more dorms, excluded from promotions, ostracism. Hence the difficulty in getting things done. Remember public servants cannot be fired and they will stay in their posts almost 20 years to get that lovely 18% -which does not apply to the younger generation BTW.
As HH said, this is probably a misinterpretation/mismanagement from the desk jockeys. I have met the director of Dafeng school before and he seemed like a very reasonable guy, as well as the staff. The school overall seemed very open to the diversity of nationalities in the area -I have several Latino and Vietnamese neighbors whose kids go there, and they were OKish. They are of the few schools that I know of that have special resources allocated to foreign children integration. Maybe they had a budget cut?
Which reminds me: this year the government votes on a budget decided last year by the previous Adminsitration. hence, their hands are tied.