Parents are balking at the steep price of entry to a study tour to mainland China being organized by Pun U Association Wah Yan Primary School (番禺會所華仁小學).
But their biggest concern is that their children might be indoctrinated with communism, according to Apple Daily.
The school describes the tour in brochures and school materials as a way to “enhance understanding of China’s history, culture and scientific development”.
The eight-day program features a flag raising ceremony in Tiananmen Square, a visit to the China Science and Technology Museum and Putonghua lessons.
The parents said the tour is optional but they are forced to send their children because it’s a school activity despite the steep joining fee of up to HK$9,260 (US$1,195).
The tour, open to primary five students, is scheduled for March next year.
In a letter to parents, school officials said the Putonghua lessons are part of their children’s annual assessment.
The school will offer Putonghua classes to those who cannot join the tour, they said.
Also, the program highlights the work of evangelicals from the Society of Jesus.
Deputy headmaster Tang Kit-wan said the students’ performance during the tour will have no bearing on their promotion at the end of the school year.
On Thursday, the school denied it is engaged in brainwashing schoolchildren.
In an online announcement, it said the tour is intended to help students understand the real side of China and learn Chinese culture.
It said its students are capable of thinking for themselves.
School officials said the tour will go ahead as planned, with 10 parents traveling with their children.
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