TVBS, which hates the idea of anyone being lierate in Holo Taiwanese, is upset with an effort by the MOE to encourage those kids studying Holo to use it in practical, fun ways! That plan included:
- 3rd graders write e-mail in romanized Holo Taiwanese.
- 5th graders use Holo Taiwanese to chat on MSN.
- Middle schoolers use Holo Taiwanese to write a blog.
[The article fails to mention that children only have to, and indeed can probably only, pick a single native language (Holo, Hakka or one of the aboriginal tongues) to study at school, and that being able to write a language is sort of an obvious part of nearly all language training.]
The report starts and finishes by noting this plan is currently under review after previously having a green light (though no source is really cited for this assertion), and also speculates without evidence that Ma's election is the cause for the plan's delay/cancellation.
That makes no sense to me. I'd try to hurry it up if I were them, not slow things down!
Update: According to the Taigu-bang, this among other topics is simply under review and discussion at this point. There was a conference yesterday on these topics, which is apparently how TVBS came up with its report information (notice the blatant lie that the plan was somehow canceled due to Ma's election).
The romanization issue is also under review -- it appears the unified standard will be dropped to allow teachers to use whichever system they believe best. That, I think, will be a big mistake, though if a unified character system for all words is insisted upon, the disaster could be mitigated to some degree.