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Government planning more e-learning classes

2012/06/08 20:42:45

Taipei, June 8 (CNA) The Ministry of Education plans to offer e-learning classes in more schools as a part of efforts to promote a government manpower training project.

Education Minister Chiang Wei-ling said Friday that the ministry will put more efforts into promoting policies on e-learning, which he described as a future trend. He said the number of demonstration schools providing e-learning is planned to be increased to 100 from the current 10, following exchanges of ideas with education chiefs and experts in an international meeting last month.

He made the remark after participating in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Education Ministerial Meeting (AEMM) in South Korea May 21-23, which brought together over 500 attendees, including education ministers, delegations and experts from 22 member economies such as the United States, Russia, Japan and South Korea.

He said the ministry will strive to secure more budget tofurther promote e-learning policies.

He noted that the Taiwanese and South Korean delegations had bilateral talks during the AEMM, in which both sides agreed that education policies should focus on personnel training. They alsosought cooperation in the areas of online education and e-learning.

The minister said that South Korea is Taiwan's biggest competitior and has budgeted a large amount of funding to advocate e-learning.

(By Lin Szu-yu and Nell Shen)