Taiwan people are not good geographers, as results of a recent investigation made showed that nearly 70 percent of the public do not have adequate knowledge about their country and the rest of the world.
According to the results of a survey jointly carried out last month by the National Geographic Magazine and the Geographical Society of China based in Taiwan, 69 percent of Taiwan people failed to pass the test. The public received an average score of 46.8 points, which was well below the passing level of 60 points based on a 100 scale.
Among the more than 1,000 people aged between 15 and 50 years tested, only nine people received a 100, and 334 people got a passing grade, an average passing rate of about 31 percent. Men outperformed women on the test, with a passing percentage of 30 percent to 24 percent, the investigation found.
In terms of age, the 31 to 35 age group was the most knowledgeable, while people living in northern Taiwan noticeably possess stronger geography knowledge than those residing in southern Taiwan. Only 21 percent know the location of Afghanistan in West Asia, and 26 percent do not have any idea about Taiwan’s population. All this is an indication that Taiwan people are indifferent to this world and lack a basic understanding of their own country and the international community, a National Geographic Magazine executive said.
Shen Shu-min, a professor at National Taiwan Normal University, pointed out that the results should signal an urgent need for greater education reform to increase local people’s knowledge about their own land and their international prospective.