Female students in class

Female students in class
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Transformations and The New Order > Modern Education and Culture > Modern Women in the New Age
Girls, Hsinchu, girls’ high school
Object description:
This photograph of a classroom in a girls’ school was taken in Hsinchu. The class contains roughly 50 female students, with some dressed in kimonos and others are wearing loose Taiwanese shirts. The teachers standing around the classroom are mostly male, reflecting the usual conditions in girls’ high schools at the time. Female education in Taiwan began in a women’s school run by the Presbyterian Church. In 1896 , the National Language School opened a girls’ school with a focus on handicrafts. After primary education, a, secondary girls’ school was then developed. Although the co-ed system was adopted for fundamental education, since there were very few female teachers it was not until the 1930s that education for women started to become more popular.
The secondary education system in Taiwan adopted the Japanese system, and the Taiwan Education Decree, promulgated, in 1919 stipulated the creation of single sex high schools. Girls’ highs schools were established throughout Taiwan, and the earlier curricula focused on language and artistic skills. After the 1930s, extracurricular activities such as games and sports were introduced, and they had a profound influence on women’s mental and physical health, as well as the openness of society. Women’s education during the Japanese era certainly changed the lives of some of the female population, but, generally speaking, women’s education remained relatively limited, with most women attaining only primary education levels.
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