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Students to stay at MOE

Students to stay at MOE

Students to stay at MOE

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Students protesting against curriculum changes said Tuesday they would remain in front of the Ministry of Education despite a consensus reached at the Legislative Yuan and an approaching typhoon.
The ruling and opposition caucuses at the Legislature reached an agreement Tuesday morning to ask the MOE to allow each school to choose between the original high-school curriculum and the new version which provoked strong protests over the past few weeks.
A protest spokesperson said their aim was still the complete withdrawal of the new curriculum guidelines for the time being, so they would not leave the space in front of the MOE which they have been occupying for five days. The protesters also expressed disappointment about the Kuomintang caucus at the Legislative Yuan having voted against a special summer session about the issue.
The ministry needed to form a curriculum review committee which included teachers and representatives of the students before any new solution could be adopted, activists said. Students have demanded that the names of committee members be made public, so they could know that its composition was balanced.
The protesters originally demanded Education Minister Wu Se-hwa’s resignation, the withdrawal of the curriculum and the ministry’s abandonment of initial plans to sue students who occupied its building on July 23.
Wu reportedly told lawmakers Tuesday he would not exclude his own resignation, but protest leaders said that even if he left, the problem of the textbooks would not go away.
The student leaders also said that Typhoon Soudelor, which was expected to hit Northern Taiwan on Friday and Saturday, would not make them leave the ministry parking lot.