Mao mulls drafting political neutrality in education act
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.