The struggle against the “brainwashing” national education curriculum is just starting, a parents concern group warned on Thursday. Parents Concern Group on National Education convenor Eva Chan Sik-chee said that while some parents might give up the fight against the new subject as the new school year began, this was the best time to take a good look at the subject. “Now we can actually see how national education will be carried out,” Chan said in a radio interview on RTHK. Chan was joined on the show by several others involved in the protest movement against the new curriculum. The government’s moral and national education curriculum will be introduced to some of the city’s primary schools on Monday, and Hong Kong pressure groups are calling on the public to protest on Saturday outside the government’s headquarters in Admiralty. The parents group began a “One Person, One Letter” campaign earlier in the month, asking people to mail their complaints to school principals. It will announce how many letters have been received on Thursday afternoon. “A lot of people who sent letters are not even parents, because many people in Hong Kong don’t have children,” Chan said. “We found that a large number of those who wrote were alumni of the schools.” Yuen Pong-yiu, the head of the Hong Kong Association of the Heads of Secondary Schools, said “there is concern” that principals were under pressure from their school sponsoring bodies to introduce the curriculum “against their will”. Although he had not received any complaints from principals, this might have been because they had been busy over the past few days preparing for the new academic year. He planned to meet some principals on Saturday to canvass their views on the curriculum. Cheung Yiu-fai of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union said the union’s petition against introducing the curriculum had gathered 1,000 signatures from teachers. Civil Alliance Against National Education spokesman, Andrew Shum Wai-nam, said there had been mixed messages coming from the government’s Education Bureau and the Committee on the Implementation of Moral and National Education – headed by Executive Council member Anna Wu Hung-yuk – set up to allay public concerns. On one hand, the education minister Eddie Ng Hak-kim said officers would be sent to “assist” schools who had trouble implementing the curriculum, but, on the other hand, Wu said schools would have “flexibility” in deciding how they want to introduce the course. Meanwhile, the Social Workers’ General Union announced the results of a survey of 534 registered social workers, which found that 75.1 per cent believed the government should revoke the national education curriculum and undertake a public consultation. In addition, 83.5 per cent of the surveyed social workers thought there was “an element of brainwashing” in the curriculum. The union set up street booths on Tuesday to encourage the public to write “greeting cards” containing their complaints regarding the curriculum. The cards will be collected and delivered to the government during Saturday’s protest. Secondary school pupil protest group Scholarism, which is planning to camp outside the government’s headquarters in an “Occupy Tamar” campaign, said it would release details of its plans later on Thursday.