Four years ago, National Tsing Hua University (國立清華大學) in Hsinchu introduced English as a graduation requirement for that year’s incoming freshmen. Out of a class of more than 1,400 students, 220 failed to pass one of the seven English proficiency exams required to graduate, Apple Daily reported.
The student council brought their concerns over the exam to the administration and requested that the university scrap the requirement for graduation. The administration rejected the request, citing that it must “protect the quality” of the university and that students were made aware of the threshold for passing the exam. The administration provided additional reasons for rejecting the student council’s request.
The university pointed out that only 120 students who had failed to meet the English proficiency requirement enrolled in optional English courses. After passing the courses, those students will be eligible to graduate. Had more students enrolled in those courses in previous years, the 220 students may have been able to graduate this past weekend.