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Amendment on Chinese academic credentials passes first hurdle

2010/05/10 22:30:43

Taipei, May 10 (CNA) A draft amendment that would authorizeTaiwan to recognize academic credentials issued in China passed apreliminary review by two committees in the Legislative Yuan Monday.

The amendment stipulates, however, that academic credentials fromChina cannot be used to meet qualification requirements for nationalexaminations for teachers, civil servants, and professional andtechnical licenses.

The review of the amendment to the law governing relationsbetween Taiwan and China was conducted at a joint meeting of theLegislature's Internal Administration Committee and the Education andCulture Committee.

It still must pass two further reviews by the full Legislature tobecome law.

Under the amendment, the Ministry of Education is authorized towork out measures and principles in recognizing Chinese educationalcredentials.

The policy is part of the Ma Ying-jeou government's efforts toseek closer relations with China, but it has drawn stiff oppositionfrom the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) because offears that it could hurt Taiwan's university system and displacelocal students and workers.

During the meeting, conflicts erupted between ruling andopposition lawmakers, as DPP legislators insisted that a publichearing on the amendment be held to sound out public opinion beforehaving it screened by the lawmaking body.

The review was eventually completed with the support of rulingKuomintang (KMT) lawmakers.

Condemning the KMT's use of its advantage as the majority partyin the Legislature while ignoring opposition voices, DPP LegislatorWong Chin-chu said the DPP caucus on Tuesday will reject allproposals submitted to the legislature by the KMT legislative caucusin protest.

(By Chou Yung-chieh and Elizabeth Hsu)