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MOE explains plan to put gay issues on school curriculums

2011/05/04 20:20:16

Taipei, May 4 (CNA) The Ministry of Education (MOE) saidWednesday it will hold more discussions with worried parents andteachers on their concern over the decision to include gay issues inelementary and junior high school curriculums.

Eric Ker, section chief of the MOE's Student Affairs Committee,was responding to Legislator Chu Fon-chi's call earlier in the dayfor the MOE to scrap the plan.

At a press conference with like-minded parents and teachers, Chusaid she was not opposed to the idea of teaching children aboutgender equality, but thought it would be too much to include issuessuch as homosexuality and sexual desires.

In response, Ker said one of the subjects on the MOE's plannedcurriculums was "understanding sexual orientation." There are noplans to include the topic of "sexual desires," he said.

The MOE announced last month that effective September, gay issueswould be included in elementary and junior high school curriculums.

The decision to put gay issues on school curriculums was inaccordance with the Gender Equity Education Act and was meant topromote gender equality and raise students' awareness of diversity,the MOE said.

The Gender Equity Education Act was passed in 2004, banninggender discrimination in schools in Taiwan and stipulating thatschool curriculums should include gender equality education.

(By Kelven Huang and Ann Chen)
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