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Appeal against curriculum adjustments rejected

Appeal against curriculum adjustments rejected

Taipei, July 31 (CNA) The Taipei High Administrative Court rejected Friday an appeal for an injunction to prevent the Education Ministry from going ahead with planned revisions to curriculum guidelines for high school history textbooks set to take effect Aug. 1.
The court made the ruling on the grounds that complaints brought about by the appeal should be dealt with in accordance with the regulations codified by the Ministry of Education, instead of taking them to court.
A Taipei citizen surnamed Chan who filed the appeal, however, argued that the case is the result of an administrative sanction that should be addressed by the court.
The Administrative Court ruling can be appealed, and Chen said he will do so.
In a telephone interview with CNA the same day, Chen said he raised the appeal early this month as the legal proxy of his son, who is a senior high school student.
Chen and his son are among the supporters of a group of student protesters who have been staging continuous protests against the ministry's plan to implement the controversial curriculum guideline adjustments, which they have denounced as having deviated from a "Taiwan-centric" standpoint.
The students began staging the protest more than a month ago and a break-in to the ministry building they staged on the night of July 23 resulted in the detention of 33 people -- 24 students, three reporters and six members of the public.
Although the students were handed over to their parents, Education Minister Wu Se-hwa decided to press charges against them the next day.
The opposition Democratic Progressive Party and Taiwan Solidarity Union have demanded that Wu withdraw the charges against the students, but Wu said he will do so only if the student protesters acknowledge that the break-in was in breach of the law.
Meanwhile, the student protesters have demanded that Wu step down and that the Legislative Yuan hold an extraordinary session to discuss the controversial curriculum changes, after Lin Kuan-hua, one of the 24 students, took his own life the previous day.
However, it remains to be seen whether the ruling and opposition parties will reach an agreement on the matter in a dialogue slated for Aug. 4, according to Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng. (By S.Y. Liu and Flor Wang)


Updated : 2021-09-17 19:32 GMT+08:00