Classroom focus on Hong Kong independence ‘inappropriate’, unnecessary, education secretary says in defending teacher’s ouster



a person standing in front of a building: A student walks into the Alliance Primary School in Kowloon Tong. Photo: Felix Wong


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A student walks into the Alliance Primary School in Kowloon Tong. Photo: Felix Wong

A teacher’s deregistration for creating lesson plans that touched on Hong Kong independence was not a free-speech issue, as any number of examples could have been used to make similar points, the city’s secretary for education said on Wednesday.

Kevin Yeung Yun-hung’s defence of the move came as the chairman of a primary school heads alliance said the Education Bureau’s decision had “caused waves in the sector” and was disagreed with by many.

Although Alliance Primary School students interviewed by officials denied the class had led them to support Hong Kong independence, Yeung on Wednesday insisted that was “not the point”.

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“There are many other examples that could be used to discuss freedom of speech,” Yeung

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