Sacred Heart Canossian School has decided to stop playing a mainland nursery song promoting love for the Chinese motherland after parents voiced fears that the school was trying to brainwash their children.
Vice principal Ling Wai-kuen told reporters of the Catholic girls’ school’s decision on Thursday, but insisted that it had no political agenda in promoting the song, which was produced in mainland China and carried the message “China is home and China is mother”, Apple Daily reported.
Parents have complained that their children are too young to be taught lessons about politics and nationalism. One parent said her daughter came home one day and said she was taught that China was her mother.
Principal Chow Chi-kin said the song was intended to accompany the morning exercises on the campus and was not meant to introduce a national education curriculum. The music video accompanying the song features images of the Chinese flag and national landmarks.
Chow said he would explain everything to the parents after school on Thursday to ease their concerns. However, the school was closed when Apple Daily reporters arrived at the campus after classes ended.
Meanwhile, some parents also complained that other Putonghua songs were being played during the morning exercise for primary three and four students at the school, saying the songs also have a big mainland flavor which seems inappropriate for a local primary school.
The controversy over the playing of mainland nursery songs has brought another concern among some parents, who feared that they might be targets of revenge by the school administration for telling media about it.
But other parents disagreed, saying that it was their duty to speak out when the interests of their daughters are at stake.
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