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Examination Yuan defends civil servant reading campaign
Central News Agency
2013-12-28 10:34 PM
Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) A campaign to encourage reading among civil servants has received an enthusiastic response, an Examination Yuan official said Saturday. Samson Lee, vice chairman of the Examination Yuan's Civil Service Protection and Training Commission, was responding to a report in the United Evening News that same day that the reading campaign has met with only a cool response from the country's civil servants.

According to the report, the National Academy of Civil Service (NACS), a unit under the commission, has set up a special committee to select a book for civil servants to read each month. The NACS has also held many workshops and writing contests to encourage civil servants at various levels to read books recommended by the committee and write down their views and thoughts on the books. For instance, the report said, the academy has already held 35 award presentation ceremonies this year to encourage writing. The top award carries a cash prize of NT$60,000 (US$1,998.9). Lee said the report was wrong.

"How could the academy hold 35 award presentations in a single year?" Lee asked, adding that there is only one award presentation each year. The award presentation for this year's contest will be held Jan. 24, 2014, he went on.

Moreover, he said, civil servants have contributed more than 20,000 entries in the latest contest.

"After an initial screening, more than 2,000 were selected for the final screening," Lee explained, rebutting the media report that only 0.7 percent of the country's 340,000 civil servants have contributed articles to the contest. (By Justin Su and Sofia Wu)

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