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Chen Ter-hwa mentioned for Minister of Education
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-15 03:10 PM
Installed in office in February 2012 as the 25th Minister of Education of the ROC, Chiang Wei-ling stepped down from his post Monday, and the search is on to find a replacement for him as soon as possible. Whoever takes over from Chiang will face the daunting task of implementing and justifying the new 12-year compulsory education system imposed just this year, as well as whatever it will take to restore confidence among the public in the ministry and in the minister’s office following a scandal involving a sheaf of academic papers revoked by a civil engineering journal in the UK on charges that the authorship and reviews were rigged.

Media stories are already pouring in with reports of candidates for Chiang’s position, including National Chiao Tung University president Wu Yan-hua, as well as Huang Pi-twan, an administrative vice-minister in the Ministry of Education. Chen Ter-hwa, another administrative vice-minister in the MOE, is filling in as acting minister until a new one can be named and is also being mentioned as a candidate for the permanent post.

Wu Yan-hua has denied rumors that she is slated to move to the minister’s post, and Huang Pi-twan has not responded to inquiries about a possible appointment. Chen Ter-hwa has said only that the new minister will be named by the Executive Yuan.

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