Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) last week suggested the possibility of drafting a political neutrality in education act, and said he hoped that, with the establishment of a transparent and credible mechanism, the educational environment would not be dominated by a single ideology.
Referring to a dispute over controversial changes to high-school social studies curriculum guidelines, which critics say reflect a “China-centric” view, Mao suggested at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday that by adopting such an act, political neutrality in education would have a legal basis, and educational content would not be dominated by a single specific value.
The proposed act could help secure an open and stable environment for learning, he said.
If such a political neutrality in education act can be implemented, it would be an important contribution by students who were involved in guideline protests, Mao said.
Saying that the Executive Yuan honored and supported the results of the negotiations between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and Democratic Progressive Party on Tuesdasy, Mao directed the Ministry of Education to immediately launch a review of the disputed guidelines under the principles of political neutrality, openness and fairness of procedures.
Calling for all executive branch agencies to be humble, Mao said that in reviewing the guidelines, the Cabinet would incorporate viewpoints from all sectors and different generations.
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