Date: Jul 09, 2015
By: Shih Hsiu-chuan / Staff reporter
A student leader yesterday asked President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to withdraw
controversial curriculum guideline changes at a meeting held at National Taiwan University. Ma rejected the appeal, saying that “people on the other side” would oppose such a move and the demand is “out of proportion.”
Taipei Private Yan Ping High School student Lin Yen-ting (林彥廷), spokesperson for an alliance of students in schools in northern Taiwan who oppose what they call a set of “China-centric” adjustments to high-school curriculum guidelines, presented the alliance’s demands to the president.
Saying that the Ministry of Education made the proposed changes in an opaque, undemocratic way and that the contents were controversial, Lin asked Ma whether he could promise to have the proposed guidelines abolished and open the revision process to public discussion to represent pluralistic historical representations. [FULL STORY]