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Education minister to meet with student protesters Monday

Education minister to meet with student protesters Monday

Taipei, Aug. 2 (CNA) Education Minister Wu Se-hwa will meet on Monday with students who are opposed to the revised high-school curriculum guidelines, an education official confirmed Sunday.
The meeting will take place at the National Central Library in Taipei at 2 p.m., and if the students so wish, the meeting can be streamed live on the Internet, the ministry's chief secretary Wang Chun-chuan told reporters.
The minister is expected to speak with students from the National Taichung First Senior High School at the meeting, which was coordinated by a former principal of the school, Wang said.
However, other student representatives are also welcome to participate, he added.
Chu Chen, convener of the anti-curriculum changes alliance, told reporters that the bottom line of the students is that journalists must be allowed to report from inside the venue where the minister and the students will meet.
If the meeting is open and transparent, five student representatives including himself will attend, Chu said.
In response to the students' request, Wang said the minister is open to taking questions from the media after the meeting. Whether or not journalists will be allowed to attend the meeting will depend on the result of further discussions with the students, he said.
Protesters have taken to the streets in recent weeks to oppose changes to the high school history curriculum guidelines, which according to the demonstrators, "are presented from the perspective of Chinese unification."
Some notable examples of the controversial modifications include "Taiwan's retrocession" -- a term that opponents said is tinged with value judgment. The original term, "taking over Taiwan," should be retained, they argued.
Other controversial changes include a phrase describing Japan's 1895-1945 rule of Taiwan as "colonial" rule rather than simply "Japanese rule," and changing "China" to "Mainland China." (By Hsu Chih-wei and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-22 01:50 GMT+08:00