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MND to hire 48 more military teachers

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) is planning to recruit an additional 48 military instructors in the next two years, an official said yesterday.

Rear Admiral Wu Chi-fang (吳季方), spokesman for the defense ministry, made the remarks one day after denying a local media report by the Chinese-language Apple Daily that the Ministry of Education (MOE) wanted an end to the presence of military personnel at schools and colleges.

Wu said the MND "has always cooperated" with the MOE on the military instructor issue rather than worked unilaterally.

"We have always overseen the exams of our fellow military officers and have recruited a certain amount of military instructors upon the request of the MOE. They provide the vacancies, tell us how many military instructors they need and we fill the blanks. That's how it works," Wu said in response to a question by the press.

"So far, we have yet to receive any notice from the MOE regarding any changes in the mechanism. Our exams will be held on schedule," he added.

As of present , there are 4,205 military instructors at colleges and high schools nationwide.

Wu added that the defense ministry has an alternative program for military instructors on campuses, in that these instructors will always be welcomed back should they express the desire to be transferred back to a regular military unit.

MOE Spokeswoman Sophia Chou (周莎菲) yesterday also denied reports that the ministry was planning to withdraw all military instructors from schools nationwide.

"The ministry never said anything like that. It was a misunderstanding," Chou said.

Additional reporting by Max Hirsch

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