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Education minister refuses to resign

Textbooks already printed: Wu

Education minister refuses to resign

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Education Minister Wu Se-hwa told students outside his ministry Friday afternoon that he would not resign, even after the suicide of one of their spokesmen.
Lin Kuan-hua, 20, was discovered dead on Thursday in what was widely believed to be a protest against government changes in the high-school curriculum guidelines. He was one of 33 people, including three journalists, who were detained for a while after having intruded into the education minister’s offices on July 23-24.
After the news of Lin’s death broke, students again took to the ministry Thursday evening to demand Wu’s resignation and the withdrawal of the curriculum changes, which they say reflect a pro-China ideology.
Coming out of the MOE building before 2 p.m. Friday, Wu remained silent when the students shouted for his resignation.
He then said that if he left office, there would be nobody to bear the ultimate responsibility. The minister asked the students to sit down for a rational discussion about the curriculum.
Replying later to requests to delay the introduction of the guidelines from the original August 1 date, Wu reportedly said that it would not be possible because the textbooks had already been printed.
Earlier, the government said that both versions of the curriculum could be acceptable, while the parts questioned by the protesters would be reviewed.
A court ruled Friday against a request for a provisional injunction to stop the use of the guidelines. The Legislative Yuan said it would hold a discussion meeting on August 4 to decide whether the issue of the curriculum was worth holding a special session for.


Updated : 2021-09-23 07:26 GMT+08:00