MOE says schools can choose text­book

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Wu of­fered to step down, but was re­jected


Schools will be able to “freely choose” text­books for this school year, the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry an­nounced yesterday af­ter ne­go­tia­tors of both the rul­ing and op­po­si­tion par­ties reached a com­pro­mise.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the Kuom­intang (KMT) and the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) at the Leg­isla­tive Yuan reached a con­sen­sus, with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion ( MOE) agree­ing to hold a new cur­ricu­lum re­view com­mit­tee to ad­dress the guide­lines, while let­ting schools freely choose text­books in the mean­time.

Dur­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Wu Se-hwa (

) of­fered to step down, but leg­is­la­tors in at­ten­dance said that was not a so­lu­tion.

Deputy Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Lin Teng- chiao ( ), ad- dress­ing the KMT cau­cus af­ter the af­ter­noon meet­ing, stated that the new com­mit­tee would “ad­dress de­mands on cur­ricu­lum re­forms from all sides,” and stricter guide­lines would be im­ple­mented for the mem­ber­ship of the com­mit­tee, the pro­ce­dures for re­view­ing the cur­ricu­lum and a pro­fes­sional ex­change of ideas.”

Stu­dent demon­stra­tor Liao Chung-lun ( ) stated that their bot­tom line is to see the cur­ricu­lum de­layed. “This is the most we will de­cide on, there­fore we are not con­sid­er­ing back­ing out as of now,” Liao stated.

A mem­ber of the Ap­ple­tree Com­mune ( ) , Hsiao Chu- chun ( ), im­plored that the new cur­ricu­lum re­view com­mit­tee should be made com­pletely public, in­clud­ing “ide­olo­gies and pro­fes­sional sug­ges­tions.”

“There’s no rea­son to not let stu­dents join in the dis­cus- sions,” opined Liao.

The DPP cau­cus, which had called for an ex­tra leg­isla­tive ses­sion prior to yesterday’s cross-party ne­go­ti­a­tions, agreed to with­draw their pre­vi­ous pro­posal to hold an ex­tra ses­sion. The KMT unan­i­mously shot down the pro­posal dur­ing its own cau­cus meet­ing.

DPP’s Stance

DPP spokesman Ruan Jhaosy­ong ( ) stated that the MOE was ir­re­spon­si­ble to say that schools can teach us­ing ei­ther the old or new ver­sion of the text­books.

“There are not enough of the 2012 cur­ricu­lum text­books on the mar­ket,” Ruan stated, and pub­lish­ers have also stopped print­ing that ver­sion of the text­books as well, since the con­tro­ver­sial new cur­ricu­lum’s an­nounce­ment last Fe­bru­ary.

To guar­an­tee each school the right to freely choose their de­sired text­book, the DPP stated their de­mands: firstly, the Cab­i­net should or­der that the 2012 cur­ricu­lum text­books be re­pub­lished; sec­ond, it should al­lo­cate the fund­ing to re­print the text­books; third, county mag­is­trates should back the above plans to the Cab­i­net this week, and fourth, lo­cal gov­ern­ments na­tion­wide should guar­an­tee the “free­dom of text­book se­lec­tion” for schools.

Hung Trou­bled by Protests

Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker and KMT pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hung Hsiu- chu called on the MOE to drop charges against mi­nors in­volved in the night­time break-in of the MOE on July 24.

KMT Leg­is­la­tor and cau­cus sec­re­tary-gen­eral Lin Te-fu (

) had harsh words for DPP Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen, say­ing that her early-morn­ing visit to the protest site was an at­tempt to “reap the harvest” of the cur­ricu­lum re­form de­bate.

In re­sponse to Tsai vis­it­ing the protesters, Hung said that she was trou­bled that the sit­u­a­tion had played out as it had and that it was the role of adults and ex­perts to solve the con­tro­versy over the cur­ricu­lum guide­lines. The KMT can­di­date ex­pressed her in­ter­est in sit­ting down with Tsai to dis­cuss the is­sue or hold­ing an open de­bate with her. Tsai has yet to re­ply as of press time.

The KMT cau­cus claimed that 58.9 per­cent of those polled be­tween Aug. 1 and 2 op­posed the “en­cir­cling by protesters of the MOE build­ing in or­der to op­pose mi­nor ad­just­ments to the cur­ricu­lum guide­lines.”


Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) leg­is­la­tors hold up signs with slo­gans call­ing for cross-party co­op­er­a­tion in de­lay­ing the prob­lem­atic cur­ricu­lum, and “let­ting the chil­dren go home,” at the Leg­isla­tive Yuan. The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry agreed to hold a new cur­ricu­lum re­view com­mit­tee meet­ing and let schools freely choose what­ever text­book to use, based on the re­sults of the cross-party ne­go­ti­a­tions.

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