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Former education minister praises Lee Yuan-tseh

By Fiona Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Former Minister of Education Wu Chin (吳京) said yesterday that Academia Sinica President Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲) did a perfect job when he drafted an official paper to review the country's educational reform.

"But he did more than outline the paper and submit it to the Ministry of Education. He might have devoted too much to the movement because of his extreme enthusiasm and great influence on this country," Wu said.

Wu made the remarks yesterday at a Control Yuan forum convened by a special panel to probe the policy-making and implementation of the controversial educational reform.

Wu recognized Lee's effort to the decade-long reform, but admitted that Lee would have perfectly performed his role in the movement by ending his job with the release of the official paper.

"A prominent figure is necessary to advance such a reform in order to attain an improved educational system in this country. But it would be better if such a person specialized in education," Wu said.

Wu, who headed the ministry from June 1996 to February 1998, was commonly seen as a main proponent of the nine-year education policy.

Wu said the nine-year scheme was proposed after textbook editing for elementary and junior high school students revealed that there was a significant overlap in the curriculum.

"The ultimate goal of the revision was to enlarge the teaching staff's jurisdiction to map out a study plan at an individual school and reduce the amount of schoolwork," Wu said.

He was convinced that Taiwan must continue its education reforms.

"We need a reform to inspire incredible creativity in the country's top 10 percent of students through enhanced interactive teaching.

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