Court upholds NTU exam fine

NO EXCUSE: Academic freedom and autonomy cannot be used as reasons to breach constitutional rights, human rights conventions or gender equity laws, the court ruled

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 03, 2020
By: Chang Wen-chuan  /  Staff reporter

The Ministry of Education building is pictured in Taipei on March 13 last year.
Photo: Rachel Lin, Taipei Times

National Taiwan University (NTU) is to be fined NT$30,000 after a question in an entrance exam for the Department of Technical Engineering in March 2016 was found to contravene the Gender Equity Education Act (性別平等教育法).

Students were asked to describe “a social responsibility engineers should fulfill, as well as the natural or social law this social responsibility is based on” in 100 words or less.

The preface to the question read: “There are also many laws in society, such as: a person must leave their parents and join with their wife, the two people becoming one; a family is comprised of a man and a woman, a husband and a wife, this is the law of society and family.”

“An engineer’s innovation cannot contravene natural laws, society’s harmony cannot contravene social laws. Although there are some exceptions, the following question does not include these exceptions,” the preface said.

The NTU Student Congress, which reported the question to the Ministry of Education, said that the professor who wrote the question abused their power and it had demanded that all students be given full marks, but the department had only apologized in a statement.    [FULL  STORY]

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