Date
11 December 2017
In this file picture, a poster serves as a backdrop in a Hong Kong protest against a proposed mandatory curriculum on Chinese patriotism. Photo: AFP
In this file picture, a poster serves as a backdrop in a Hong Kong protest against a proposed mandatory curriculum on Chinese patriotism. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong pupils to study Basic Law and one country, two systems

Hong Kong’s education authorities are requiring primary schools to enhance students’ understanding of the Basic Law and the “one country, two systems” principle.

Also, they want the curriculum to promote nationalism, Ming Pao Daily News reported Friday.

The initiatives are part of the revised Basic Education Curriculum Guide released Thursday by the Education Bureau.

The guidelines coincided with the release of a white paper by the State Council, China’s cabinet, on the central government’s policy on Hong Kong under “one country, two systems”, Cheung Yui-fai, director of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union, was quoted as saying.

Cheung said the bureau should not exert pressure on teachers given Hong Kong’s promised high degree of autonomy in educating its children.

Eva Chan, convenor of the Parents Concern Group on National Education, said students can learn the Basic Law but expressed concern about the kind of teaching materials they will be given under the new guidelines.

She said the white paper should not be used as a guide for students. Instead, students should first learn about what happened to the high degree of autonomy promised in the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam defended the document, saying it provides a detailed and accurate description of the implementation of “one country, two systems”.

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