Scott Sommers links to this China Post story on a poll from the educational foundation King Car on attitudes toward English education in Taiwan:

Up to 80 percent of Taiwan parents hoped the government would declare English the second official language of Taiwan, according to findings of a survey released yesterday.

The survey was conducted by King Car Education Foundation in December 2005 on 2,059 parents around Taiwan. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

The survey showed that 90 percent of the parents lack confidence in their English ability.

Meanwhile, more than 60 percent of Taiwan parents send their children to cram schools to learn English, with 70 percent hoping their children will develop an interest in English at the cram schools.

Officials at the foundation noted that the TOEFL scores of Taiwan students have for several consecutive years occupied the bottom places among Asian students, and that the TOEIC scores of the Taiwan people ranked ninth from the bottom around the world, which they said shows that the English ability of the Taiwan people is still insufficient despite the English-learning fever in the country.

King Car is the group bringing in right-wing Christian missionaries who illegally prosyletize while on the job all over Taiwan.* The foundation does quite a bit of work with the Ministry of Education. King Car Education foundation can be had here. The same news is available in Chinese on Yahoo. Unfortunately I can’t find an original of the survey online.

* a good example is this fellow here, whose blog proudly says: 我 是帥哥! I’m the Handsome Guy! My name is Samuel (包帝聞) and I’m a working as an English teacher on the island of Kinmen, Taiwan, doing my best to spread the good news of Christ – among people whom he patronizes:

Their gods are confined to images and carved wood. They aren’t so much gods as they are warriors, each with their own battle to fight. The wind god isn’t really a god: he simply fights to control the wind. But sometimes he looses.
How horrible to have not a God but a warrior, one who might or might not win. What happens when your god looses? Then you are stuck.
Aren’t you glad our God is all powerful?)

*sigh*