Thousands of student files lost in error


Rachel Lin and William Hetherington:

The academic records of 7,854 high-school students have been lost due to a hard-drive failure, the Ministry of Education said yesterday.

The records were being stored at National Chi Nan University, which was commissioned by the ministry’s K-12 Education Administration to host a computer server of student portfolios that universities could access to evaluate their applications.

Under a program introduced in 2019 for high-school students starting that year, students are to create portfolios to be used for university applications, which include their grades, extracurricular activities and other information related to their character and achievements.