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Legislators mulling over special session on curriculum controversy

Legislators mulling over special session on curriculum controversy

Legislators mulling over special session

KMT Legislator Lai Shyh-bao said the decision to hold a special session at the Legislative Yuan regarding the curriculum guideline controversy will be confirmed during the Kuomintang’s national assembly on Tuesday, reports said Monday.

“The final decision has yet to be confirmed during the national assembly tomorrow,” Lai said, adding that the final call would depend on the majority of the votes rather than the party’s one-sided opinion.

Lai pointed out that many legislators believe the curriculum issue taken by the Ministry of Education (MOE) is an administrative action rather than a legislative one, and so it is not up to them to counter the ministry’s right of power.

Although there has never been such a motion reviewed by the legislature before, he however said the decision to carry out the special session will depend largely on the voices of each legislator at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

On the ground whether or not to phase out the curriculum changes, KMT Legislator Lin Te-fu said the final decision will remain with the education ministry.

“The Legislative Yuan can only provide its suggestions, the rest is up to the ministry,” Lin said.

KMT Legislator Alicia Wang is totally against the special session, saying the only solution would be for the MOE to hold further discussions with the students.