afterspivak wrote:Remember folks that these fora (or forums if you prefer!) help many of us learn new things. I had no idea, for example, that public kindergartens in Taiwan were that difficult to enter. Now I know.
The learning process here extends beyond simply helping the OP--even as we do hope his kid does well.
Peace to all,
Doraemonster wrote:thank you, Forumosa!
BillCollins wrote:Doraemonster wrote:thank you, Forumosa!
Indeed! If it wasn't for Forumosa I would be in China right now. It was reading through some old threads here that gave me the information that I needed to sort out the paperwork for me and my family to come to Taiwan. I also got some good advice from hsinhai78 when we were going through that. One of my selling points to win my wife over to the idea of life in Taiwan was the high quality, low cost and easy accessibility of public services. Other than this particular school hiccup I think I was right.
I knew kindergartens were harder to get into, but didn't imagine for a second that it was effectively impossible. The schools we tried to apply to are elementary schools enrolling kindergarten and beginning elementary students. The pecking order was based on disability, aboriginal status, economic disadvantage, age, and finally foreigners at the back of the cue with no reference to age.
As I said before I had no problem with not getting a place. But not getting a fair shot was disappointing, and also a little worrying with regards elementary school in future. I guess the issue will come up again if foreign nationals really are excluded in the current version of the enrollment procedure.
Liam Og wrote:Icon wrote: please help us establish a precedent for future reference.
Guess we will just wait and see if there actually are any spaces left in any public schools next week, and if there is we will apply and see if we get another round of foreigner crap. If we do Ill probably have a rant and call it a day. The game isn't worth the candle if you have to fight for a school to take your child. Because after you 'win' you then hand your child into the care of a school that you have just alienated. I'd rather have a clear start where we aren't starting out as those troublesome outsiders on the very first day.
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