KMT is ‘divided’ over the curriculum guideline issue
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.