National Tainan Girls' Senior High School
This school was founded by incorporating two schools during the Japanese rule of Taiwan. One was the First Girls’ Senior Middle School of Tainan County established in 1917, which recruited Japanese students. The other was the Second Girls’ Senior Middle School of Tainan County established in 1921, which recruited Taiwanese students and renamed the Provincial Tainan First Girls’ Middle School after the restoration.
In 1947, the school was renamed the Provincial Tainan Girls’ Middle School. In August 1970, the school was further renamed the Provincial Tainan Girls’ Senior High School, and finally in February 2000, given its present name, “National Tainan Girls’ Senior High School.” In 1971, A Complementary School on the Air was added to the school but terminated in 1975. In 1984, an Experimental Music Class was set up for musically gifted students, including both boys and girls. In 1987, an Experimental Math and Science Class was set up for gifted students in these fields. In August 2003, a Bilingual Resource Class was established for gifted students in the related fields. Taken together, all these measures have made this school an excellent preparatory school for college education.
It is known to be extremely difficult to study in this school during the high school stage, as only the top scorers on the High School Entrance Exam for Junior High School Students around southern Taiwan will receive admissions. Getting the admission from National Tainan Girls' Senior High School is considered an honourable affair by not only parents but also by teachers and society in general. Students studying at the school also opens opportunities to attend prestigious universities in Taiwan. Students who attend a prestigious school bring honour to their ancestors (one of the core values of Chinese society).
Under the leadership of the principals hitherto, the faculty and staff, in accordance with the Taiwan's educational purport, work out effective and ingenuous ways to enhance the quality of teaching and cultivate a unique campus culture of our own. For the past eighty years, this school has been renowned for its refined and intellectual atmosphere on campus and outstanding alumnae in all fields of society.
The percentage of our graduates who pass the General Scholastic Ability Test (大學學科能力測驗) and Advanced Subjects Test (大學入學指定科目考試) for universities has always been one of the highest in Taiwan. The school authorities also put equal emphasis on language training, science education, extracurricular activities and physical education. Exposed to this lively milieu of learning, our students have made quite a few remarkable achievements in local, provincial, national or even international contests.
To meet the trend of globalization and computerization, the teachers keep updating their professional knowledge and apply the very latest teaching methods and aids to teaching. To help students cope with the rapidly changing society, the school instill new ideas and concepts into them and encourage their independent thinking and research. Liberal and moral education are simultaneously emphasized to broaden their vision of the world and enhance their standards of morality. With the efforts made by all teachers and students, we believe this school will continue its glorious tradition of cultivating the best students and citizens in society as it has always been doing for the past eighty years.
During a weekly school assembly on Monday on March 15, 2010, more than 1,600 students at National Tainan Girls' Senior High School took off their long pants and revealed the shorts underneath at the school assembly on Monday to protest against the school's new regulation banning students from wearing sports shorts.The new regulation was suggested by a disciplinary teacher, surname Chen, who had just joined the school this term. She stopped students from wearing sports shorts outside physical education classes and required their sports jackets to be zipped up to the second buttons of their shirts. The new regulations were implemented before calling a meeting with the school representatives.
Some students found the implementation of the new uniform regulations a breach of the school rules and the spirit of a liberal and democratic school. They said the new regulation deprived them of their basic rights protected under the regulations of the Ministry of Education. They also claimed that they had requested a meeting with school officials but the school did not respond. A group of eight students called for a protest through text messages and a Web site. They students wore the approved uniform with long pants at the morning assembly.
However, after the flag ceremony and the official greetings, about 80 percent of the 2,000 students took off their outer long pants together, showing the sports shorts they wore inside. The action was publicly supported by some teachers and school graduates.
The school principal Tsou Chun-hsuan said at the assembly after the action that he "loves the school's shorts" and the school will respect and listen to the student's appeals. The school immediately called a meeting with the student representatives and decided to allow students the choice of wearing long or short pants in school.
Secretary of the school Joyce Wang told The China Post, "The principal knew about the protest beforehand but decided to have the assembly as normal, so that the students have a method to register their protest." The school had issued questionnaires on the uniform regulations. They will have further meeting with the students on March 30 to discuss whether the uniform regulations are out of date.
Lai Yu-mei, secretary general of Taiwan Gender Equity Education Association said, "It is sad that the students have to take such radical actions for the school to hear their voice. We had received complaints from students of many other schools that uniform regulations are rigid and unreasonable."
For example, in most schools in Taiwan, wearing a dress is still compulsory for female students, which Lai commented that it was against the Gender Equity Education Act. She said schools should allow students to decide their uniforms democratically.
- "National Tainan Girls' Senior High School". www.tngs.tn.edu.tw. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
- Pajares, Frank; Urdan, Timothy C. (2003-01-01). International Perspectives on Adolescence. IAP. ISBN 9781593110666.
- "High school girls take off long pants in protest". news.asiaone.com. Retrieved 2015-11-24.