PEER REVIEWS:The amendment also requires the presence of democratically elected student representatives on senior high school disciplinary committees
Date: May 18, 2016
By: Lin Liang-sheng and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The legislature yesterday passed amendments to the Senior High School Education Act (高級中
等教育法) to overhaul the review process for the curriculum guidelines, which sparked protests against lack of transparency last year.
The amendments mandate that to improve accountability, the curriculum guidelines evaluation committee should be at the level of the Executive Yuan and its membership must include both governmental and nongovernmental representatives, including students’ representatives, who were not allowed a say previously.
Committee members affiliated with the government cannot exceed one-quarter of the total membership and nongovernmental committee members are to be selected through a process similar to that of the Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation’s board of directors.
The amended law authorizes education-related institutions, schools, legal personnel and groups to submit proposals for curriculum changes, in addition to permanently established governmental organizations dedicated to curriculum research and development. [FULL STORY]