Taipei parents push back against smart vending machines (2019/10/10)
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    Taipei parents push back against smart vending machines (2019/10/10)

    Some 30 parents took a stand against smart vending machines at Taipei schools Wednesday evening. Smart machines stocked with juice, bottled water, and snacks rolled out to 89 public schools in Taipei this year. The smart machines only accept EasyCard, and they're part of Taipei's campaign to build cashless campuses. At a Wednesday meeting with education officials, Taipei parents expressed their concerns about smart vending and argued for the right to remove the machines.

    Parent association representative
    Do we have the right to say no? Can we do that?

    In a pilot test, Taipei City installed smart vending machines at the Xingan, Shipai, and Dunhua elementary schools in March. By the end of September, Taipei had already expanded the program to 89 public schools. This sparked a flurry of complaints from parents, who said they were given no warning in advance.

    Allen Liu
    Parent association head
    During the first stage, quite a few parents were very angry. Without communication, doubts cannot be dispelled. Given the circumstances, of course parents have many complaints.

    The machines sell juice, bread, and snacks. Parents worry that those products are bad for the kids’ health. They’ve also taken issue with the sale of bottled water, calling it a step backward in the campaign to cut plastic. They also fear their children’s personal data could be sold or used.

    Allen Liu
    Parent association head
    Some parents were hoping that through this form of education, kids can start learning financial management at an early stage. But of course, there are some parents who feel that this age is too early. The problem now is that, at a time when you haven’t yet consolidated a consensus from parents, they rolled out the vending machines out of the blue – that’s not appropriate.

    In the face of the parents’ concerns, Taipei’s Department of Education backed down. It said each school would be able to decide for itself whether to participate in the smart vending scheme. During questioning at city council, Mayor Ko Wen-je said “yes” when asked if the vending machine expansion was meant to give a boost to EasyCard.

    City officials rushed to walk back his statement, saying the smart machines were there to promote cashless campus transactions. Even so, a hasty rollout and poor communication have produced a tricky scenario for the city government and the mayor.

    中文 Chinese  
    強設校園販賣機 北市府說明會家長連環砲轟




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