By:0 Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Legislative Yuan on Friday approved a motion calling on the Ministry of Education to drop controversial textbook changes, leading to a protest by the Kuomintang.
For over a year, debate has been simmering about revisions to high-school texts seen as being too pro-Chinese and too vague about the role of Taiwan’s democracy movement. Last summer, hundreds of students stormed the MOE building and one of the protesters even committed suicide.
A total of 71 out of 113 lawmakers approved the proposal by Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Cheng Li-chiun, the woman who is scheduled to take over as minister of culture on May 20. Only 15 voted against the measure and one abstained.
The proposal already came up for review at the Legislative Yuan on March 29, but the KMT demanded it be handed over for negotiation, a process which in effect takes it off the agenda for a month. [FULL STORY]