Chapter 2 Permission of School-based Experimental Education
An incorporated school or other non-profit private corporation applying for school-based experimental education shall submit an experimental education plan prepared by its designated project manager to the respective competent authority one year before the beginning of a school year. Said competent authority shall submit the experimental education plan to the EERC for review and give permission accordingly.
The experimental education plan mentioned in the preceding Paragraph shall include the following details:
1. School name
2. Experimental education name
3. School location
4. Education concepts and plan features
5. Curriculum and teaching plan
6. School system
7. Administrative operation and organization type
8. Equipment and facility
9. Experiment rules
10. Principal qualification and selection method, and faculty and staff qualification and recruitment
11. Student enrollment, learning outcomes assessment, student affairs and guidance methods
12. Community and parental participation methods
13. Funding needs, sources, and fee standard
14. Estimated number of students enrolled
15. Experiment length and procedures
16. Self-evaluation methods
17. Resume and credentials of experimental education project manager (hereinafter referred to as “project manager”) and participating staff.
The experimental education plan length mentioned in the preceding Paragraph shall adhere to the following based on the education level in application:
1. School-based experimental education at senior high school level or below: Longer than 3 years and shorter than 12 years, unless continuation is otherwise approved of by the competent authority, and each continuation shall be limited to longer than 3 years and shorter than 12 years.
2. Experimental education at junior colleges and institutions of higher learning: Limited to classes for associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and longer than 4 years and shorter than 12 years, unless continuation is otherwise approved of by the competent authority, and each continuation shall be limited to longer than 4 years and shorter than 12 years.
The EERC shall consider the following when reviewing experimental education plan:
1. Protect students’ right to learn and provide educational choice for students and parents.
2. Rationality and feasibility of the plan; being in accordance with provisions of Paragraph 2 of Article 3.
3. Expected outcome.
The experiment rules mentioned in Subparagraph 9, Paragraph 2 of Article 7 shall be made in accordance with Paragraph 1 of Article 3, and the scope of said rules may be exempted from the Act of Governing the Appointment of Educators, the Teachers’ Act, the Primary and Junior High School Act, the Senior High School Education Act, the Junior College Act, the University Act, the Private School Law, the Technical and Vocational Education Act, the Special Education Act, the Degree Conferral Law, the Teacher Education Act, the Student Guidance and Counseling Act, the National Sports Act, and other relevant regulations, and shall clearly state that other relevant regulations are not applicable.
A private experimental education school shall submit said experiment rules to the central competent authority when its competent authority is the municipal, county, or city government.
The application mentioned in Paragraph 1 of Article 7 shall be determined by the respective competent authority within 3 months from the application date but may be extended once for up to 3 months.
The project manager shall submit a final report 6 months prior to the end of the experimental education plan and may submit at the same time an application for continuation.
The competent authority shall submit the aforementioned experimental education final report to the EERC for review, and the review result shall be used as a reference for decision on permission for continuation.
Articles 7 to 10 shall be applicable to the procedures of application, review, and permission mentioned in Paragraph 1.
When hiring foreigners with work permits for teaching academic courses or foreign language courses, teacher education, curriculum development, and activity promotion, private experimental education schools at senior high school level or below shall submit related documents and apply to the central competent authority; those who are qualified to teach courses on foreign language(s) shall be exempt from regulations stated in Paragraph 2 of Article 46 and Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 48 of the Employment Service Act.
The regulations governing the teaching qualifications, number of teachers, weekly work hours, screening criteria, permit application, permit cancellation, employment supervision and other relevant matters for foreigners mentioned in the preceding Paragraph shall be stipulated by the central competent authority.
Relevant regulations in Subparagraphs 1 through 6 of Paragraph 1 of Article 46 of the Employment Service Act shall be applicable to the employment supervision of foreigners hired in accordance with Paragraph 1; the regulations of the Immigration Act shall apply to their alien visits, residence, and permanent residence.
Following the permission of the experimental education plan by the competent authority, the project manager and school principal shall in principle not be changed; necessary changes to the experimental education plan shall be reported by the project manager 6 months prior to the beginning of a school year to the respective competent authority, whereby the change will be reviewed by the EERC, and the approval by the competent authority will be made according to the review result.