Taipei, Oct. 3 (CNA) The Legislative Yuan passed the first review of an amendment to the National Sports Act, which designates Sept. 9 as the country's national sports day, when all public sports facilities will be open to the public free of charge. Opposition Democratic Progressive Party legislator Ho Hsin-chun, who proposed the amendment, said it's aimed at encouraging the general public to participate in various types of physical activity and exercise, to foster sporting habit among them. Under the proposal, students below senior high school level should undertake at least 150 minutes of exercise per week, in addition to their regular physical education class. The proposal, adopted by the Education and Culture Committee, will next go to the floor for approval.
In addition, the committee also passed the first review of an amendment to the Educational Fundamental Act, which will prohibit schools from carrying out promotional and advertising activities for specific political groups.
The amendment would also prevent faculty, teachers and students from being forced into joining any political groups or activities. (By Tseng Ying-yu and Y.L. Kao)