National Education

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. 

National education for new Hong Kong teachers gets thumbs down all round

Exco members Bernard Chan (left) and Fanny Law

A top aide of CY Leung has come under criticism from political allies and pan-democrats alike for suggesting that new teaching recruits be put through mainland training in national education.

Sunday, 15 March, 2015, 8:53am 10 comments

National education needs cool heads

Students opposing national education in 2012. Photo: Felix Wong

The Occupy protests may be over, but the city continues to be preoccupied by soul searching. Of all the views heard, nothing fuels more unease than criticism from Beijing.

19 Jan 2015 - 1:52pm 7 comments

National education 'should be introduced in Hong Kong to halt anti-mainland feelings'

The government backed down on plans to introduce national education in all schools in the face of massive protests in 2012 by opponents who described it as tantamount to brainwashing. Photo: Edward Wong

The government should try again to introduce national education into Hong Kong schools with the emphasis on Chinese culture rather than ideology, a professor who advises Beijing says.

8 Jan 2015 - 6:24pm 65 comments

Hongkongers lack ‘sense of nationhood’, Hang Lung chief tells Beijing audience

Ronnie Chan. Photo: Sam Tsang

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.

14 Nov 2014 - 1:24am 7 comments

Fears that government funding for controversial school could be put towards 'brainwashing' curriculum

Pupils protest against national education. Photo: Felix Wong

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

National education supporters to march in Central on Saturday

Basic Law Committee member Lau Nai-keung

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

Beijing should 'restrain' destructive critics in Hong Kong, says Global Times

 Students gesture during a demonstration demanding the government to withdraw the new subject "Moral and National Education" from the school curriculum, at the City University of Hong Kong, Sept. 19, 2012. Photo: AP

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

Who said it?

Yu Zhengsheng

We need to more strictly follow the socialist path of political development with Chinese characteristics.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:00am

Liaison office 'sought meeting on national curriculum'

Eva Chan Sik-chee

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

Letters to the Editor, January 15, 2013

Catholic devotees with a statue of Jesus in Manila. Photo: AFP

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

Letters to the Editor, January 11, 2013

Substantial rent hikes at Link Reit malls. Photo: Felix Wong

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

News on national education controversy tops student poll

Thousands railed against the national education curriculum. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

National education plan gets everyone talking online

National education had students up in arms. Photo: Felix Wong

'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 began accepting reader comments in August.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:55am

Foolish to talk of moving faster towards 'one country'

Beijing loyalists did not learn a lesson from the national education debate. Photo: EPA

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

National education and the quest for a Hong Kong identity

Many schools were gearing up to teach national education as a new subject.

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