Opposition legislators yesterday challenged Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng (
The court had earlier ruled in favor of Cheng Hsu-chih
The Ministry of Education (MOE) plans to lodge an appeal, prompting Cheng and her Taiwanese husband, Chen Hung-chang (
At a press conference yesterday, KMT legislators said that the long-winded litigation process might infringe on Cheng's chances of getting a job.
Chen said that based on the high court's ruling, Cheng's certificate was valid because the school was recognized by the MOE in 1997.
"In this case, how could the ministry say that the certificate issued by the school was invalid?" Chen said.
"Why is a Chinese certificate so scary?" he asked.
"The more restrictions the government puts on cross-strait interactions, the higher is the risk of people committing violations," Chen added.
KMT Legislator Lai Shyh-bao (
"If the ministry fails in its appeal, the minister should shoulder the responsibility," Lai said.
Chu Jung-pin (朱榮彬), president of an association composed of Taiwanese students who have studied in China, said the government's policy disclaiming certificates of education issued by China runs against the spirit of the Constitution.
Chu said that the association might file a lawsuit against the government over the ban.
Meanwhile, Lai said that he would ask the government to ease the restrictions and seek to amend related regulations.
"Although the ministry did recognize some Chinese schools in 1997, recognition of their certificates hinges on the government's policy," said Huang Wen-ling (