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Students end protest at Ministry of Education compound

Students end protest at Ministry of Education compound

Taipei, Aug. 6 (CNA) Student leaders announced Thursday that they will end their protest later in the day and return to their hometowns to continue their campaign against the Ministry of Education's revisions of high school curriculum guidelines. They have been protesting what they call "China-centered" accounts of history for the textbook, demanding that the government withdraw the guidelines and that Education Minister Wu Se-hwa step down to take responsibility for the dispute. Since early July 31, one day after a student leader committed suicide, the student protesters have occupied the ministry's front plaza to press their demand. With a typhoon coming and a call from political leaders including Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (???) for them to return home, the students said they were leaving the MOE plaza but will continue to monitor if the government makes good on its word that teachers will be free to choose between the old and new versions of history textbooks. Wang on Aug. 4 said ruling and opposition parties have reached a consensus asking the Legislature to suggest that the MOE kick off a review of the disputed curriculum guidelines based on the Senior High School Education Act at once. The MOE should also give a green light for schools around Taiwan to freely select textbooks for the 2015 academic year. The MOE has agreed to honor both suggestions of the Legislature. Education Minister Wu has also decided not to press charges against 24 students for breaking into the Ministry of Eduction building earlier last month. (By Chen Chih-chung and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-23 18:54 GMT+08:00