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Ko visits students outside MOE

Ko visits students outside MOE

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je visited the students protesting outside the Ministry of Education Thursday evening in a bid to persuade them to leave before the arrival of Typhoon Soudelor.
The protesters have been camping on the MOE parking lot for almost a week in a bid to demand the withdrawal of high-school curriculum changes seen as favoring China ideologically.
Addressing the students, Ko said he hoped they could withdraw and take their tents and other objects with them Thursday evening, as the Central Weather Bureau planned to issue land warnings for the typhoon at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
The mayor said it was a matter of safety, and he promised that container vehicles would come and help with the evacuation. Ko said he hoped all protesters could move out and find a safe place to spend the typhoon.
He repeated the city government’s support for the old high-school curriculum guidelines, though it was allowing each school to make its own choice. The controversial parts of the new textbooks should not appear during the examinations, Ko said.
The struggle at the MOE could end now, with students returning to school and participate there in the discussions about new textbooks, he said, describing the process as an example of campus democracy.
Ko also promised that the city’s education chief would sit down with representatives of the students some time after the typhoon had passed.
The MOE has said it would form a new curriculum review committee by the end of the month to discuss the issue. Until a consensus decision was reached, each school could decide on its own whether it would continue to use the old textbooks or the new ones opposed by the protesters.


Updated : 2021-09-29 03:33 GMT+08:00