Taipei First Girls’ Senior High School has been very well known for its honor guard and marching band. Smart and beautiful young girls in miniskirt marching in Ketagalan Avenue on National Day or escorting national flag into the arena of national games is always the headline of evening news. The members of the honor guard and the band pride themselves not only of appearance but academic achievement. However, like their counterparts all over the country, the honor guard and the band have survival problem because the school simply does not have enough resource to support such an extracurricular activity. Other high schools may choose downsizing or disbanding to solve the problem, but that would not work for Taipei First Girls’ Senior High. Over forty years’ proud tradition forbids the school to even think of such solution. Their solution has drawn controversy among students, parents, and the public.
To fill up the money pit in training, wardrobe, and equipments, the school has no choice but accepts invitations to participate commercial performances. Though the pay from big companies helps the financial predicament, controversies soon follow.
Students are complaining about not having enough time for their own studies. Their parents question about the legitimacy for raising fund in such a manner. The public are doubtful whether a city-funded high school is allowed to collect money from private corporations this way for, unlike universities and colleges, ordinary high schools are not subject to accepting their own industry-academy cooperation cases. (大學可以有產學合作案)
In my opinion, the first thing Taipei First Girls’ Senior High School should do is draft an agreement to get parental consent to allow their daughters to attend commercial performance when they are selected as new band members on the upcoming new semester in September.