Several Hakka groups formed a task force yesterday, with support from People First Party (PFP) legislators, to deal with the issue of language usage in the national examinations.
\nThey plan to demand an apology from the Examination Yuan, and ensure that no more questions in the Hokkien language will appear in future national examinations.
\nTo illustrate their ire, they plan to ask Hakka-speaking legislators to question their Hokkien-speaking colleagues on the floor of the Legislative Yuan.
\nIn the national promotion exam for customs officials and the admittance exams for police this year, there were a few questions on the reading-comprehension part written in the Hokkien language.
\nThe passages used traditional Chinese characters, but made sense only to speakers of Hokkien. The situation roused anger from various non-Hokkien quarters, especially among the Hakka.
\nThere have been a number of conferences held since mid-September dealing with the issue, culminating in yesterday's seminar of Taipei City Bureau of Hakka Affairs, the World Hakka Federation (世界客屬總會) and several other Hakka groups which concluded that they shall form the task force to ask for an apology for test questions they consider discriminatory.
\n"What we are looking for now is an apology from the Examination Yuan, and a guarantee that no more questions in the Hokkien language appear on future national examinations, said Liu Sheng-liang (
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