Taipei's education chief disclosed Sunday that he had tendered his resignation on Sept. 20 because he wished to return to academia, a move that came one day after another city department head quit.
In a letter to his staff, Taipei Department of Education chief Tang Chih-min (???) said he loved the academic world and was planning to go back to his teaching job at National Chengchi University on Oct. 1.
His resignation was submitted one day after Yang Fang-ling (???), head of the city's Department of Legal Affairs, who quit over differences with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???), an outspoken surgeon who won the mayoral election in Nov. 2104.
In a media interview Sunday, Tang denied speculations that he had decided to resign because he did not see eye to eye with Ko or disagreed with the mayor's decision to reinstate Hsiao Hsiao-ling (???), a junior high school music teacher who was dismissed nine years ago allegedly due to her opposition to one of the policies of then Mayor Hau Lung-bin (???).
Tang is the 15th senior city official to have resigned since Ko took office in December 2014.
Yao Li-ming (???), Ko's campaign manager and Yang's husband, disclosed last week that Hsiao's case was the last straw for his wife, who was of the opinion that there was no legal basis for Ko's decision to reinstate Hsiao.
In 2008, Taipei Municipal Zhongshan Junior High School dismissed Hsiao, citing conduct unbecoming of a teacher.
Hsiao, however, said she had been fired mainly because she disagreed with Hau's universal textbook policy, and she filed an administrative lawsuit against the school after her appeal of the decision was rejected by both the Taipei Department of Education and the Ministry of Education (MOE).
Although Hsiao lost the suit in December 2011, the Control Yuan censured the school, Taipei's Department of Education and the MOE in 2013 for various errors in the handling of her dismissal.
On Sept. 21, Ko revoked Hsiao's dismissal based on a recommendation by the city's Clean Government Committee, which had reopened an investigation into the case in October 2015. Hsiao was also paid an equivalent of what she would have earned as a teacher over the past nine years.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel