Tue, Nov 18, 2003 - Page 4 News List

Teachers are all `bastards,' says DPP legislator

STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Tsai Chi-fang (蔡啟芳) labeled Taiwan's teachers as "bastards" yesterday in an outburst over the results of a survey of teachers and parents that placed President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Lee Tung-hui (李登輝) at the bottom of a list of Taiwan's cleanest politicians.

The poll asked parents and teachers of middle and elementary school students around the nation to rate ten politicians on their propriety. Taipei City mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), former premier Sun Yun-suan (孫運璿) and Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) were the top three names on the list.

The list also placed Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) ahead of Chen and Lee.

Tsai yesterday said the poll results were evidence of the Control Yuan and Ministry of Education's failure to properly educate children.

"During the period of KMT rule, all people cared about was money. A person's priorities or integrity did not matter," said Tsai, suggesting that parents and teachers had given certain politicians high marks in spite of their alleged association with corruption scandals.

"All these years Lien and Soong have treated Taiwanese as if they were idiots," Tsai said.

"This is the misfortune of Taiwanese people. Even now, many civil servants don't have the ability to think independently. This is something that the Ministry of Education and the Control Yuan need to work on," Tsai said.

After describing Taiwan's teachers as bastards, Tsai retracted the statement, explaining that tempers had been short at the Legislative Yuan yesterday morning where he had made the comments.

"However, the confused value system in society today is a result of our educational system. Teachers should seek ways to improve themselves," Tsai said.

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