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Hong Kong thoroughly imposes communist national security and patriotism education in universities and high schools

After Beijing imposed the Hong Kong National Security Law in June 2020, the Hong Kong government began requiring local schools to teach national security education, a political and patriotic communist indoctrination from the mainland. Two years later it is fully implemented.

In July, eight Hong Kong universities announced that national security courses would be listed as compulsory courses starting next semester. Must participate.

On July 25, the University of Hong Kong announced that it had sent an email to students to introduce a new course, “Introduction to the Constitution, Basic Law, and National Security Law”, from the new semester in September. Students must complete it to graduate.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Hong Kong Polytechnic University will also add national security-related courses at the beginning of the new semester, according to a local newspaper, Ming Pao. As of today, his eight government-funded universities in Hong Kong have set up such compulsory courses.

Change the next generation to “Little Pinks”

High school students are no exception, and so-called civic education and national security education need to be strengthened.

Deputy Education Secretary Hong Chan Tsui-wah said at a Legislative Council meeting that high school students must visit China once during their three-year course and cannot refuse to participate.

“The Citizens Education Exchange is not an arbitrary project. It is a very worthwhile project paid for by the government. Except, all students must participate,” she said.

She also warned that the Department of Education will send senior officials to 20 selected schools to check compliance, so all schools need to take it seriously.

Hillway Press President Raymond Yang, who taught general education in high school, told Radio Free Asia that the exchange program was originally a good opportunity for students to learn about China, but the education bureau’s harsh attitude and tone of caution However, civil servants have the opposite effect.

“In the past, the Hong Kong education system has often been criticized for being outdated and exam-oriented. Over the past decade, the education sector has implemented education reforms, adding various elements to motivate students to learn. ‘, said Yeung. “But now the education authorities are using this coercive method, which is a big setback,” he added.

According to Yeung, Hong Kong authorities view national security education as a political issue, so they apply the same coercive and harsh measures to students as they do to adults in Hong Kong.

“These officials will do whatever it takes to carry out their political duties,” Yeung said.

He expressed concern that Hong Kong students might become “Little Pink” and become a laughing stock of Hong Kong as a result of their education obligations.

“Little Pinks” is the name given to China’s hypernationalist and Communist Party-supporting youth. They resent Western democracy, are proud of China’s economic achievements, and ignore all the social injustices and human rights violations under Communist Party rule.

The university was once the freest and most open place in Hong Kong, but the newly introduced national security course has met with no opposition from any university’s students or student unions. As To Kwan Han Andrew, former secretary general of the Hong Kong Students Federation, told Radio Free Asia.

“In the past, if a university wanted to add a highly politically sensitive course, it had to consult the student union. But now the course can be delivered with just one order, which is a big setback, ”he said.

decrease in student numbers

Hong Kong’s schools have suffered a severe loss of teachers and students in recent years, but authorities deny that it is linked to the political climate and blame it on a “structural population decline.” There is

Hong Kong lawmakers and high school principals have been discussing the issue of declining student numbers.

Legislative Council lawmaker Chu Kwok Kung said the Department of Education should step up support for schools by allowing cross-border students and Hong Kong schools to recruit mainland students from southern China. proposed.

But To Kwan Hang Andrew believes Hong Kong schools are losing their appeal to mainland students.

“Under the National Security Law, the Hong Kong government will undoubtedly further strengthen its control over education and other ideological fields, transforming Hong Kong universities into Chinese universities.European and American exchange students study in Hong Kong. Furthermore, I believe that even mainland Chinese students are unlikely to consider attending a school in Hong Kong for their higher education.