Ex-law­maker re­calls past guide­line changes

The China Post - - LOCAL -

For­mer Leg­is­la­tor Joanna Lei ( ) stressed yesterday that the Leg­isla­tive Yuan can play an ap­pro­pri­ate role in the con­tro­ver­sial cur­ricu­lum guide­lines saga, but it is not nec­es­sary be­cause the changes are le­git­i­mate.

Cur­ricu­lum guide­lines are con­stantly be­ing al­tered depend­ing on which po­lit­i­cal party is in charge at the mo­ment, claimed Lei. She con­sid­ers the changes brought about by the cur­rent guide­lines le­gal and mi­nor when com­pared to the changes made dur­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Chen Shui- bian’s term.

How­ever, since the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion ( MOE) is no longer ca­pa­ble of solv­ing the dis­pute, it is suit­able for the Leg­isla­tive Yuan to get in­volved as it is rec­og­nized by the public as a con­sti­tu­tional gov­ern­ing au­thor­ity, said Lei.

She fur­ther men­tioned that ac­cord­ing to for­mal pro­ce­dure, when an ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing is called by the Leg­isla­tive Yuan, ed­u­ca­tional com­mit­tees di­rect the meet­ing and dis­cus­sions with leg­is­la­tors from dis­tinct par­ties take place. There is no need for the min­ster to be present, she said.

Lei ex­plained

that

dur­ing Pres­i­dent Chen’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, for­mer Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Tu Cheng- sheng ( ) im­ple­mented the 2006 cur­ricu­lum text­book guide­line re­vi­sions that were sup­posed to be im­ple­mented in 2009 af­ter a pi­lot im­ple­men­ta­tion. Ac­cord­ing to Lei, the sub­ject mat­ter, def­i­ni­tions and teach­ing hours for Tai­wanese, Chi­nese and for­eign history were vastly al­tered, which lit­er­ally turned into the strat­egy of us­ing ed­u­ca­tion to pro­mote po­lit­i­cal doc­trine. It is also why she raised the case and asked the MOE to re­port to the Leg­isla­tive Yuan be­cause the public had no way to stop the changes.

At the time, when Lei and other leg­is­la­tors coun­ter­signed a pe­ti­tion to post­pone the tem­po­rary cur­ricu­lum guide­lines or send it to the Leg­isla­tive Yuan for as­sess­ment, Ed­uca- tion Vice Min­is­ter Chou Tsan Der ( ) apol­o­gized but re­fused to fol­low the pe­ti­tion with the rea­son that the nineyear cur­ricu­lum could not be post­poned any longer; Another rea­son that Lei claimed was given was that the changes to the cur­ricu­lum guide­lines were in ac­cor­dance with the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s prin­ci­ples at the time, and there­fore they were le­git­i­mate.

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