The Taichung First Senior High School Student Association has passed political party establishment and management regulations to protect students' rights to join clubs. The regulations give all Taichung First Senior High School students the freedom to establish "student political parties" at the school. Since the regulations were announced on May 13, two parties have already been formed.
Taichung First Senior High School students have established two political parties with official party names, constitutions, charters and guidelines. The parties both plan to nominate candidates in student elections in the future. Taichung First Senior High School is the first school in Taiwan to allow the formation of political parties.
We formed this party with the hope of helping (other students) understand what socialism is and what its purpose is.
Two parties, "Taichung First Senior High School Socialist Party" and "New Taichung First Senior High School Party," were formed after the school's student association passed political party establishment and management regulations on the 13th. The regulations allow the formation of named student parties with seven-plus member registers and property registers and grant parties the freedom to openly discuss public affairs. School officials say they will respect the right of the parties to operate as long as they don't break school rules or espouse radical political views.
The parties are only open to our students and not to students from other schools or outsiders. This is part of our students' education on democracy.
The school says it is keeping an open mind about discussions on socialism and all this is part of democratic education and the autonomy of the student association. One political science expert says because students can't legally join actual political parties yet, the campus parties are actually more like social clubs.
They are called political parties, but operate more as social groups.
The expert says the Political Parties Act does not apply to campus political parties and it is good to see students showing interest in public affairs. However, students should keep their initial goals in mind as they participate in politics.