Mao mulls draft­ing po­lit­i­cal neutrality in ed­u­ca­tion act

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Premier Mao Chi-kuo ( ) on Thurs­day spoke of the pos­si­bil­ity of draft­ing a po­lit­i­cal neutrality in ed­u­ca­tion act, and he ex­pressed his wish that with the es­tab­lish­ment of a trans­par­ent and cred­i­ble mech­a­nism, the ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment will not be dom­i­nated by a sin­gle ide­ol­ogy.

Re­fer­ring to the dis­pute over the high school cur­ricu­lum guide­lines, the premier sug­gested at a Cab­i­net meet­ing that by adopt­ing such an act, po­lit­i­cal neutrality in ed­u­ca­tion will have a le­gal ba­sis, and the ed­u­ca­tional con­tent will not be dom­i­nated by a sin­gle spe­cific value.

The pro­posed act can help se­cure an open and sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment for learn­ing, he added.

If such a po­lit­i­cal neutrality in ed­u­ca­tion act can be im­ple­mented, it would be an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion by the young peo­ple who have raised the cur­ricu­lum guide­lines is­sue, ac­cord­ing to Mao.

Say­ing that the Cab­i­net hon­ored and sup­ported the re­sults of the ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the rul­ing Kuom­intang and op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) on Aug. 4, the premier di­rected the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to im­me­di­ately launch a re­view of the dis­puted cur­ricu­lum guide­lines for high schools, un­der the prin­ci­ples of po­lit­i­cal neutrality, open­ness and fair­ness of pro­ce­dures.

Telling all ex­ec­u­tive branches to be hum­ble, Mao said that in re­view­ing the cur­ricu­lum guide­lines, the Cab­i­net will in­cor­po­rate view­points from all sec­tors and dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions.

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