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Curriculum talks with MOE break down

NO COMPROMISE:Minister of Education Wu Se-hwa said students should return to school and ask their teachers to use old textbooks if they disagree with adjustments

By Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporter

Wu arrived 10 minutes late for the forum, and at one point rolled his eyes in response to comments made by National Taiwan University history professor Hua Yih-fen (花亦芬), who accompanied the students.

She told him that there would be no way to “help” him if he kept using “bureaucratic verbal tricks” and “administrative procedures” to respond to the students.

Deputy Minister of Education Lin Teng-chiao (林騰蛟) after the forum finished announced four concessionary displays of “good will” to the students, including a promise to reveal the names of members of the guideline review committee members within 10 days of asking their permission, adding an appendix on controversial terminology to the outlines, guaranteeing schools the right to select their own textbooks and initiating a “rolling review” of the review process.

He said the event was a “good start” for communication between the ministry and students, adding that the ministry was open to arranging further meetings.

Although the ministry had previously suspended implementation of the original 2009 curriculum guidelines, the current round of adjustments could not be suspended, because it had already been implemented, he said, adding that suspension would put the ministry on the line to cover the losses of publishers that have already revised textbooks.

The ministry would investigate the possibility of covering the losses of schools that wish to switch back to old textbooks, he said. Most schools had already completed the textbook selection process when the ministry announced in June that schools were free to continue using the old versions of textbooks.

At press time last night, a large crowd remained in the ministry’s courtyard, with student representatives saying that they would announce their next steps today.

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