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Hau blasted for urging 'harsh' penalties over death of 8-year-old girl

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei Teachers Association (臺北市教師會) yesterday said in a press conference that Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) should be held equally responsible for his negligence as chairman of the Mandatory Enrollment Committee in the case of an 8-year-old girl who died from apparent malnutrition.

Hau had called for harsher penalties against the educational and housing registration personnel listed in the case the day before. In a public statement, the mayor specifically requested that Hulu Elementary School Principal Chi Lu-jen (齊祿禎) be transferred from her post and undergo investigation for failing to respond appropriately to the case of a girl who was supposed to be in school two years ago.

Following Hau's public announcement, the Taipei Teachers Association held a press conference in support of Chi, with backing from members of the Hulu Elementary School PTA who rallied outside of school premises.

In their statement, the association criticized Hau's harsh disciplinary action toward Chi, stating that the principal had fulfilled her duties. Chi, said a representative from the association, had telephoned the victim's family upon realizing that the girl had failed to enroll for school, whereby the grandmother of the victim informed the principal that the victim had relocated with her mother and their census registration had been transferred to Zhongshan District.

The household registration system should have been responsible for follow-ups, said the representative, and they should be more accountable for the case. Taipei City Councilor Hsu Chia-ching (徐佳青), who attended the press conference, also added that Hau himself serves as chairman of the Mandatory Enrollment Committee and that he too has responsibility in the case.

In his statement earlier yesterday, Hau insisted that Chi receive necessary disciplinary action. However, Hau made no further comments regarding his responsibilities as chairman of the Mandatory Enrollment Committee.

May 6, 2014    curtisakbar@
Instead of playing the blame game, admit mistakes were made and that changes are needed to avoid the same situation in the future. Perhaps, then the lives of children could be saved.
May 6, 2014    edann77@
Two years and nobody bothered to locate the child's actual whereabouts. A child too young to speak out for herself languishes and suffers for YEARS under the guardian of a sick mother and FAMILY.

Leaders are supposed to set the standard of behavior by upholding a higher standard. I respect good leaders. The people involved, including the associations and unions are not good leaders. Another example of failure.
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