2019/10/14  
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

    台北市智慧販賣機進國小政策,引起強烈反彈。教育局9日傍晚召開說明會,來了30名家長代表,不少家長都對強制安裝很有意見,怒批欠缺溝通。最終教育局態度軟化,將交由學校各自開會決定是否設置。

    [[家長代表]]
    “有沒有權利說我們不要,可不可以?”

    台北市試辦智慧販賣機進校園,3月先挑了幸安、石牌、敦化國小3所試辦,截至9月底止,台北市已有高中職、國中及國小,共計89校設置智販機。家長錯愕,怒批事先完全沒溝通。

    [[台北市國小家長聯合會長 劉一寬]]
    “前半段蠻多家長當然火氣很大。沒有溝通後,很多疑慮其實都沒有講清楚的狀態下,都會發出很多的意見”

    不但賣果汁、麵包、零食,家長們擔心影響學童健康,也擔心販售瓶裝水,開"減塑"倒車,消費個資也可能遭轉賣或利用。

    [[台北市國小家長聯合會長 劉一寬]]
    “有一部分家長是希望說,透過這樣的教育,讓小朋友從小可以知道理財,但是當然有一部份家長是覺得,這樣有點太早了。現在問題在於說,家長共識還沒有完整的時候,貿然推廣這樣的販賣機,其實是不適合的這樣子”

    最終教育局態度軟化,要不要設置販賣機,交由各學校自行開會決議。柯文哲在市議會質詢卻坦承,會倉促推販賣機,全是為了悠遊卡。

    雖然市府事後緩頰,說是要推動無現金模式導入校園生活。但倉促上路,沒能衝充分溝通的結果,就是台北市府跟市長被罵翻。
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