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Teachers criticize minister of education

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The National Teachers Association (NTA) yesterday gave Minister of Education Wu Ching-cj (吳清基) a negative review for his handling of a series of controversies over the past year.

At a press conference, NTA chairman Liu Chin-hsu (劉欽旭) gave Wu 60 points out of 100, saying that Wu hadn’t been innovative when proposing educational policies, despite the fact that Wu is an experienced and professional administrator.

Liu said the minister, who assumed office in September, was also too hasty in pushing free school lunches to students nationwide, and did not realize that the policy could affect the budget earmarked for other educational resources.

Liu said Wu failed to gain a consensus on the recruitment of Chinese students during public hearings hosted by the ministry.

The ministry held 20 public hearings last month to deliberate on the government’s plan to allow students from China to enroll in local universities.

Liu said the NTA hoped the minister would maintain his professionalism when handling educational policy.

Meanwhile, the legislature’s Education and Culture Committee completed the review of a draft organic act on a national educational think tank 10 years after it was first proposed.

The bill, if passed, would allow a national educational research institute to be formed under the Ministry of Education.

The government began planning for the institute in 2000.

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