The Hong Kong government has sought since 2007 to introduce "national education" courses into primary and secondary school curriculum, aimed at strengthening students' "national identity awareness" and nurturing patriotism towards China. The programme has met with increasing public opposition in recent years, with many in Hong Kong seeing it as a brainwashing attempt by the Chinese Communist Party to suppress dissent.
Ronnie Chan Chi-chung on Thursday told an audience in Beijing that the Hong Kong's existing problems of governance, including the Occupy Central movement, were rooted in Hong Kong people's lack of a sense of nationhood.Friday, 14 November, 2014, 1:24am 7 comments
An organisation with strong links to a group at the centre of the national-education row in 2012 will have its government funding doubled to HK$1.3 million next year, raising concerns that the money will be used to promote the controversial “brainwashing” curriculum.24 Jan 2014 - 3:49am 3 comments
Supporters of the shelved national education programme will rally at Statue Square in Central on Saturday afternoon in an effort to persuade the government to either revive the controversial curriculum or introduce something similar.12 Sep 2013 - 4:28am
The Global Times, a popular Beijing-based conservative daily, has argued in an editorial that the central government should take measures to "restrain the devastating destructive force" of its critics in Hong Kong.2 Aug 2013 - 2:56pm 13 comments
We need to more strictly follow the socialist path of political development with Chinese characteristics.13 Mar 2013 - 3:00am
Eva Chan Sik-chee, of the Parents Concern Group, claimed that a former assistant of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying tried to set up a meeting between herself and officials from the central government's liaison office.4 Feb 2013 - 5:41am
Education has failed to stop the killing
On a recent visit to Lei Yue Mun, I was shocked to find one seafood stall with two agitated and very juvenile blacktip reef sharks swimming in their own tank.
This display was a first for me.15 Jan 2013 - 3:41am 6 comments
Uninformed views harming vet profession
I must take issue with what I felt was an incomplete report ("Top doctor questions sky-high HK vet fees", January 7).
I feel qualified to write because I have been administratively and politically involved in the veterinary profession since arriving in Hong Kong 17 years ago.11 Jan 2013 - 2:27am 1 comment
The national education controversy came in at No 1 in the 2012 Hong Kong Secondary Students' Top 10 News Election.
The survey, organised by the politically independent Hok Yau Club, asked more than 85,000 pupils from 120 local secondary schools to pick, from 30 options, the top 10 most important news stories in their opinion.1 Jan 2013 - 4:52am
'My Take' columnist Alex Lo proved to be the Post's king of controversy, with one of his articles attracting more reader comments than any other since scmp.com began accepting reader comments in August.30 Dec 2012 - 4:55am
Why are we now, all of a sudden, refighting an old battle that was long settled? Didn't we painstakingly define and lock into place years ago how we differed from the mainland? That's what made it possible for capitalist Hong Kong to be reunited with communist China. Yet here we are, squabbling again over how to balance "one country" with "two systems".3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am 5 comments
Whether you like it or not, national education had been high on the government's agenda for years, featuring in five of the seven policy addresses by former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Earlier this year, legislators approved funding of over HK$600 million for schools to implement national education as a new subject. There was no lack of schools gearing up to teach it.11 Nov 2012 - 2:51am 4 comments
The education minister has blamed the previous administration for failing to address students' and parents' feelings during consultations about national education, which later led to emotionally charged protests against the government.6 Nov 2012 - 3:29am 1 comment
I have been away from Hong Kong for a year. Yes, I have read about the growing resentment against mainlanders. But I never expected a welcome home party on Stanley beach to turn into a complaint forum.
At the party are my girls' classmates and their parents. This is a group that you would least expect anger from.6 Nov 2012 - 4:42pm 17 comments
Anyone who dares to express an opinion that deviates from the anti-China, anti-government "intrinsic truth" will see their views silenced or twisted. Those very few whose views our dissidents cannot completely banish become targets of a lynch-mob mentality.26 Oct 2012 - 7:40am 15 comments