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MOE will not publish textbook committee names

MOE will not publish textbook committee names

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Education announced Thursday it would not make public the names of the committee members reviewing the high-school curriculum guidelines because a majority of them voiced objections.
Before Typhoon Soudelor hit Taiwan last weekend, students opposed to new textbook guidelines had occupied the parking lot in front of the MOE building. Their demands included the withdrawal of the new curriculum because it was allegedly too China-centric, but also the publication of the names of the committee members.
The MOE promised the students it would form a new committee to conduct a review before the end of the month, while for the time being, each high school would have the right to choose between the original textbooks supported by the protesters or the new version.
As promised, the MOE consulted the 43 review committee members over the past ten days, but only 16 agreed to have their name made public, while 27 opposed, reports said Thursday.
The MOE said it wanted to respect the majority decision so it would not announce who was seated on the new committee. The protesters had accused the previous committee of making the curriculum changes in secret and without being observed by educators and students.
However, the going practice was to announce the name list once the curriculum had been decided on, so the names of the committee members would still become public during the first half of next year, the MOE said.
The protests against the revised curriculum guidelines had been brewing for months, but they came to a head when students and sympathizers occupied the MOE building on July 23. The following morning, 33 people, including three journalists, were evicted by police, while the MOE threatened to take legal action.
One of those facing the action, 20-year-old student Lin Kuan-hua, took his own life a week later, leading to a new wave of protests.


Updated : 2021-09-25 22:58 GMT+08:00