Min­is­ter and stu­dents to meet to­day

Stu­dents ac­cept Wu’s af­ter­noon talk of­fer, event to be broad­cast

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE -

As the anti-cur­ricu­lum guide­line protest drags on at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (MOE), Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Wu Se-hwa ( ) of­fered a sit-down talk with stu­dent pro­tes­tors to­day, which may be broad­cast live.

The anti-cur­ricu­lum stu­dents an­nounced late yesterday that they have agreed to meet Wu at the Na­tional Cen­tral Li­brary at 2 p.m., a time and place picked by the MOE. The stu­dents, how­ever, re­it­er­ated their calls for the MOE to scrap the cur­ricu­lum guide­lines that took ef­fect Aug. 1 and for Wu to re­sign.

Seven stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tives and three teach­ers will at­tend the meet­ing, the stu­dents said, adding that they were still co­or­di­nat­ing with the MOE about how the event should be broad­cast.

Ear­lier there was

con­fu­sion over the na­ture of the ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the MOE and the protesters over the meet­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the MOE, the ne­go­ti­a­tions were co­or­di­nated by Taichung City Deputy Mayor Tsai Bingkun ( ), the for­mer prin­ci­pal of Na­tional Taichung First Se­nior High School. The MOE also said that the school’s stu­dent body, the Ap­ple­tree Com­mune, ( ) have agreed to par­tic­i­pate in the sched­uled meet­ing.

The Ap­ple­tree Com­mune, how­ever, dis­puted the MOE’s de­scrip­tion, say­ing in a state­ment that while they were con­tacted by the MOE via Tsai, they have not yet agreed to meet with Wu. The stu­dents said they wished to meet at an ear­lier time and at a place closer to the MOE.

Wang Chun-chuan ( ), the chief sec­re­tary of the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry, said that with the stu­dent de­mon­stra­tors’ ap­proval, the meet­ing will be broad­cast online and the min­is­ter will field ques­tions from the media af­ter the event.

Spe­cial Leg­isla­tive Ses­sion

The Leg­is­la­ture will hold a meet­ing on Aug. 4 and de­lib­er­ate on whether to con­vene a spe­cial ses­sion on cur­ricu­lum guide­lines. Wang from the MOE said the min­istry would be happy to see a work­able so­lu­tion ten­dered by the Leg­is­la­ture.

Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party Chair­woman and pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Tsai Ing-wen ( ) con­curred yesterday, not­ing that hold­ing a spe­cial ses­sion is the best so­lu­tion to the cur­rent dilemma.

Par­ties across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum should con­front the is­sue to­gether and hash out a res­o­lu­tion to put an end to the con­tro­versy, Tsai said to the press.

Tsai wel­comed Kuom­intang Chair­man Eric Chu’s ( ) sup­port for hold­ing a spe­cial ses­sion, and she ex­pressed her hope that Chu would be res­o­lute enough to

see it through.

Five Univer­sity Pres­i­dents Sup­port

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry

Five univer­sity pres­i­dents held a joint press con­fer­ence yesterday, stat­ing that the MOE’s pro­posal to al­low the im­ple­men­ta­tion of both old and re­vised cur­ricu­lum guide­lines per teach­ers’ dis­cre­tion is sound prac­tice.

The pres­i­dents of Chung Yuan Chris­tian Univer­sity, Tatung Univer­sity, Chi­nese Cul­ture Univer­sity, Shih Chien Univer­sity and China Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy said that while they ap­prove of the en­thu­si­asm the stu­dent pro­tes­tors have shown, they con­demn the “un­law­ful and dis­or­derly be­hav­iors” adopted.

The stu­dents have demon­strated their in­spi­ra­tion and courage, but to go against the demo­cratic process is not ap­pro­pri­ate, the pres­i­dents said.

(Left) Anti-cur­ricu­lum change de­mon­stra­tors pa­rade be­fore the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, yesterday. Sev­eral civic groups were be­hind the move­ment, which used the slo­gan “sup­port stu­dents, pro­tect democ­racy” to ex­press their po­si­tion. The stu­dent protest went into its third day on Sun­day. (Rght) A dif­fer­ent group of de­mon­stra­tors hold up ban­ners on Zhong­shan South Road in Taipei, yesterday. High school stu­dents should not be in­cited to get in­volved in po­lit­i­cal wran­gling, they said. The demon­stra­tion of­fers an op­pos­ing view to the protest oc­cur­ring at the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.


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