DIVERSITY: One lawmaker said that teaching local and foreign languages at school would help to preserve Taiwan’s uniqueness and promote a well-rounded worldview
Date: Nov 06, 2019
By: Yang Chun-hui, Chen Yun and Jake Chung / Staff reporters, with staff writer
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterdaysparred over comments by Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu’s (韓國瑜) wife, Lee Chia-fen (李佳芬), that studying mother tongues in school is a waste of resources.
Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese) “is what I speak at home. Why then is it still studied at school?” Lee said on Sunday, adding that the Ministry of Education’s efforts to promote the language are a waste of time and resources.
Her comments echoed remarks last year by Han, the KMT’s presidential candidate, that it was a “waste of time” to include native-language classes in the 12-year national education program.
The DPP yesterday criticized Lee and Han, saying that they were discriminating against mother tongues. [FULL STORY]