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Taiwan Ministry of Education to ban public school teachers from political activities

Taiwan Ministry of Education to ban public school teachers from political activities

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Education wants to ban public school teachers from marching in political protests and speaking at election rallies, reports said Tuesday.
The ministry’s plans for revising were the result of the May 22 passage of a Public Employee Administrative Neutrality Act by the Legislative Yuan, the Chinese-language United Evening News reported.
Changes to the Basic Act on Education will add a “teacher impartiality” clause likely to introduce tough restrictions on political activities by teachers, according to the report.
Under the proposed measures, the public school teachers would still have the right to join political parties and participate in political activities. However, they would not be allowed to take up official positions inside parties, political groups or campaign offices, the paper said.
The ministry is also considering including a clear ban on the use of school resources in spreading political and electoral propaganda. Teachers would also be barred from launching political petition drives and chairing public rallies, from putting up political propaganda on school premises, and from mounting the podium at election rallies to support candidates.
Inside the school, the teachers would not be allowed to publicize their political preferences in any form, whether by talking to colleagues or wearing jackets with a party logo.
The ministry would still safeguard the right of political participation by public school teachers, allowing them to run in elections for public office, but only if they asked for leave from their job during the campaign period, according to the United Evening News.
The ministry itself said it would first consult academics and collect advice from relevant parties before deciding on how strict to make the new regulations.
The proposals are due to be delivered to the Cabinet for review by September before the Legislative Yuan can have its say in the matter, the paper said.


Updated : 2021-05-12 04:03 GMT+08:00