NPAD Chief Wants 4-Way Forum on State-Designated History Textbooks

Write : 2015-10-12 14:41:04 Update : 2015-10-12 14:56:16

NPAD Chief Wants 4-Way Forum on State-Designated History Textbooks

Chairman Moon Jae-in of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) on Monday proposed holding a forum to discuss the reinstatement of state-designated, single-standardized history textbooks.
 
Moon unveiled the proposal during a meeting of the party’s Supreme Council, saying the forum would include the leaders and floor leaders of the NPAD and the ruling Saenuri Party.
 
Moon said the government and ruling camp's pursuit of reintroducing state-designated, single-standardized history textbooks is outdated and seeks only to satisfy the government’s interests.
 
He then said if the government pushes forward with the introduction of the state-designated textbooks, the NPAD will have no choice but to launch efforts to block the issuance of such books, including presenting a motion seeking the resignation of the education minister.
 
Moon said the history textbooks that are currently being used were produced based on standards devised by the previous Lee Myung-bak government and were finally approved by the incumbent government. He said if the current books are left-leaning ideologically as they are regarded by the government, then the government had deserted its duty by failing to appropriately carry out verification and certification.
 
NPAD Floor Leader Lee Jong-kul said most historians are opposed to state-designated textbooks and that the education ministry is passive about the matter.
 
He also noted that some lawmakers in the ruling camp are concerned about the idea and claimed that the government is seeking a history coup by seeking to introduce such textbooks.
 
Lee also vowed to fight for diversity and democratic values of future generations and called for a parliamentary inspection on improving problems on Korean history textbooks even after the state designation.
 
Meanwhile, ruling Saenuri Party Chairman Kim Moo-sung declined NPAD's call for a forum, adding that the issue is not a political topic. Speaking to reporters after the Supreme Council member meeting on Monday, Kim said the issue is to get things straight as students are learning from textbooks written from a biased viewpoint.

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