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MOE dismisses reports of shorter school breaks

MOE dismisses reports of shorter school breaks

The minister of education has not instructed local schools to shorten breaks between classes from the current 10 minutes to five minutes as reported by a local newspaper, a Ministry of Education official said yesterday.
MOE Secretary-General Chuang Kuo-jung was referring to a front-page report carried in the United Daily News that day claiming that Minister of Education Tu Chen-sheng had demanded that local schools cut short class breaks to make time for an exercise promotion program known as the "cheerful life" plan.
The report immediately drew criticism from opposition lawmakers, who claimed that the program is designed at the expense of the needs of schoolgirls, who "by nature" require longer toilet breaks than boys.
In response, Chuang said the newspaper report was false. "The minister did not ask local elementary or junior high schools to shorten class breaks to five minutes. The minister only suggested that school authorities more flexibly adjust the break between the second and third classes to give students a longer time to exercise," Chuang explained.
Given that many Taiwanese students are in poor physical condition due to a lack of exercise, the MOE is hopeful that school-based physical activities can be extended. Everyday, every student should spend at least 30 minutes stretching and exercising at school, Chuang said, noting this is the reasoning behind the MOE's proposal.
However, every school has the right to work out its own schedule for recommended activities, based on their individual campus environments, he added.
As for the false news report, Chuang said the MOE is considering taking legal action against the media outlet.


Updated : 2021-05-10 04:33 GMT+08:00