KMT is ‘di­vided’ over the cur­ricu­lum guide­line is­sue

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The rul­ing Kuom­intang ( KMT) is re­port­edly split over whether to hold a spe­cial ses­sion in the Leg­isla­tive Yuan to re­view the con­tro­ver­sial cur­ricu­lum guide­line that came into force this week, as de­manded by pro­tes­tors de­mon­strat­ing at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion. KMT Chair­man Eric Chu (

) said yesterday the party wants to see a de­cent and sat­is­fy­ing end­ing to the con­tro­versy and fa­vors a spe­cial ses­sion be­ing held this week.

The chair­man added that there are laws re­lat­ing to liv­ing stan­dards that had not com­pleted the leg­isla­tive process dur­ing the last leg­isla­tive ses­sion. Chu said the laws still need to be de­lib­er­ated on.

The KMT wants to study both cur­ricu­lum guide­lines and the liv­ing-stan­dards laws, and it is a pro­ce­dural ob­sta­cle to get them de­bated in the Leg­isla­tive Yuan, Chu said.

Re­gard­ing the pro­tes­tors’ re­quest that Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Wu Se-hwa ( ) be sacked, Chu said the course guide­line de­bate is not about po­lit­i­cal wran­gling, a zero-sum game, or a bat­tle be­tween op­pos­ing po­lit­i­cal forces. In­stead, the is­sue should be dis­cussed from his­tor­i­cal, pro­fes­sional and log­i­cal per­spec­tives, he said.

Leg­isla­tive Speaker Wang Jin­pyng ( ) has also ex­pressed his will­ing­ness to con­vene a spe-

cial meet­ing of the Leg­is­la­ture.

Op­pos­ing View from Pres­i­den­tial Can­di­date Hung

How­ever, Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker and KMT pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) in­di­cated that as far as she knows, the KMT cau­cus op­poses hold­ing a spe­cial ses­sion.

The KMT is due to con­vene a cau­cus meet­ing on Tues­day, and the agenda in­cludes a dis­cus­sion on whether to hold a spe­cial ses­sion.

Many KMT law­mak­ers be­lieve the ex­tra ses­sion is un­nec­es­sary, since high school course guide­lines are con­sid­ered a mat­ter for the ex­ec­u­tive branch, said a KMT leg­is­la­tor.

Hung also com­mented on the re­cent protest’s im­pact on her pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. The KMT can­di­date said that ad­just­ments to the course guide­lines were made in ac­cor­dance with the na­tional con­sti­tu­tion, and said the protest isn’t adding more pres­sure to her pres­i­den­tial run.

Hung added that if nec­es­sary, she is will­ing to com­mu­ni­cate with the pro­tes­tors face to face.

Since the anti-course guide­line move­ment be­gan last week, some have said the protest is yet another blow for the al­ready frail rul­ing party, which looks un­likely to hold onto power next year.

Some KMT law­mak­ers dis­missed the idea, how­ever, say­ing that the public are an­gry at the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party for “in­cit­ing” the young pro­tes­tors.

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