Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying maintained that the normal notion of free speech does not apply to schools since they have their own rules to follow, public broadcaster RTHK reports.
That’s why advocating independence in the classroom could be banned, he said.
Speaking ahead of the weekly Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, Leung said school rules are stricter than the law.
Citing an example, he said students swearing in school will face penalties but those who swear in public don’t have to appear in court.
Leung also said he doesn’t think high school students will have much to discuss on the issue of Hong Kong’s independence.
“It’s very clear that no matter in history, politics, constitutional arrangement or the Basic Law, Hong Kong is a part of China and cannot be separated. So where is the room for discussion?” he asked.
Meanwhile, Education Secretary Eddie Ng Hak-kim again skirted the issue of whether advocating independence breaches school rules, saying the academic community agrees it should be a matter for head teachers to decide.
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