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Education minister to stay, Su says

Education minister to stay, Su says

Premier Su Tseng-cheng said yesterday he was not considering relieving Education Minister Tu Cheng-sheng (杜正勝) of his duties despite public criticism of the minister's controversial comment on the use of Chinese proverbs and his son's wild birthday party at a private club.
Tu recently said that using formal Chinese proverbs represented the failure of Chinese education in Taiwan, which drew criticism from Chinese teachers as well as scholars.
That was followed days later by a tabloid newspaper report revealing that the minister's 27-year-old son Tu Ming-yi - who is currently completing his military service - celebrated his birthday on Tuesday at a wild bash accompanied by female escorts.
Tu Ming-yi, who earns a monthly salary of NT$6,435, is said to have doled out over NT$300,000 for the party.
Tu's behavior prompted the military to cancel five of his vacation days, but it also raised doubts over Tu's father's qualifications to head the Education Ministry since, according to his critics, he was not even able to teach his own son how to behave properly.
Premier Su, however, said Tu Cheng-sheng should not be dismissed for the behavior of his adult son. Instead, Su noted that he sympathized with the education minister, who told Su by phone that he was troubled by his son's actions.
The premier did not directly address Tu's statement on Chinese proverbs, saying only that it was "cool" for people to use good Chinese proverbs in their daily conversation.