Taipei-The Ministry of Education (MOE) clarified Wednesday that it has no plans to merge university departments of Chinese and Chinese as a second language, after a backlash from Chinese Department professors.
The row blew up after the ministry was accused of planning to merge the two fields of study in its Standard Education Attainment and Courses of Study Classification.
The MOE explained on its website that the idea was initially proposed by a scholar at a consultation meeting and after further meetings was rejected.
On Tuesday, MOE Department of Statistics Director Yang Kuei-hsien (???) told reporters that renaming the Chinese Department or merging it into the Department of Chinese as a Second Language was never on the table.
Yang said universities are free to determine their own curriculum, research topics and department classifications based on the Standard Education Attainment and Courses of Study Classification.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel