National Education

'Public supports protest over national education'

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 July, 2012, 12:00am


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The past week's bad weather has not prevented Scholarism, the Hong Kong pressure group, from campaigning for public support for tomorrow's march against the controversial national education curriculum.

Organisers expect up to 10,000 people will join the protest march, which starts in Victoria Park at 3pm and will finish at the government's headquarters in Admiralty.

In September, some Hong Kong primary schools will start to teach national education - a subject the government says will encourage national pride, but which critics say is brainwashing. Some secondary schools will start to teach the subject next year.

Since Monday, Scholarism has manned booths handing out up to 800 leaflets an hour in places such as Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Yuen Long, Tuen Mun, Sha Tin, Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po.

Organiser Joshua Wong Chi-fung, 15, a student at United Christian College (Kowloon East), says: 'I'm confident that at least 10,000 people will be on the march. We have had a great deal of positive feedback from the public about our campaign.

'The media and the public have become increasingly concerned about the issue. So I really hope the government decides to remove national education from the curriculum before school restarts.'