How Hong Kong Education Bureau can do more to halt discussion of independence in schools



a man and a woman sitting at a table: Permanent Secretary for Education Michelle Li and Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung meet the press at the government headquarters in Admiralty on October 6. Photo: Dickson Lee


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Permanent Secretary for Education Michelle Li and Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung meet the press at the government headquarters in Admiralty on October 6. Photo: Dickson Lee

A primary schoolteacher has been deregistered for allegedly promoting discussion of Hong Kong independence and will be barred from working as a teacher in the city for the rest of his life. The case has sparked a great deal of public discussion on this subject in recent days.

As Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung pointed out, the Education Bureau advised as far back as 2016 that the topic was not fit for discussion on campus. The Basic Law clearly stipulates that Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China (“Teachers told to steer clear of Hong Kong independence discussions”, October 6).

Mr Yeung also said that if independence were to be addressed at all, it should be to point out

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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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Hong Kong Teacher Banned From Classroom After Teaching Students About Independence, Freedom of Speech

Government officials revoked a Hong Kong teacher’s registration after an investigation found the teacher had allegedly used pro-independence materials in class.

The Education Bureau of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region accused the teacher of committing a premeditated act in violation of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, its de facto constitution which protects freedom of assembly and freedom of speech—neither of which exist in mainland China.

The teacher at Alliance Primary School in Kowloon Tong “had a plan to spread the independence message,” the deputy secretary for education, Chan Siu Suk-fan, said Tuesday.

“In order to protect students’ interest and safeguard teachers’ professionalism and public trust in the teaching profession, the education bureau decided to cancel the teacher’s registration,” the bureau said in a statement.

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung said the bureau has told teachers since 2016 that the topic of “Hong Kong independence” cannot be openly discussed in

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Hong Kong primary school teacher banned for talking about independence | Hong Kong

A Hong Kong primary school teacher has been de-registered after using pro-independence materials in class, reportedly to teach students about the concepts of freedom of speech and independence.

The education bureau accused the teacher of a premeditated act in violation of Hong Kong’s mini constitution, the Basic Law, by having “spread a message about Hong Kong independence”.

“In order to protect students’ interest and safeguard teachers’ professionalism and public trust in the teaching profession, the territory’s education bureau decided to cancel the teacher’s registration,” it said in a statement reported by the South China Morning Post.

Local media reports said the teacher had shown the class a video featuring a pro-independence activist, and had then asked the students questions including “what is freedom of speech”, and “according to the video, what is the reason for advocating Hong Kong independence?”.

The bureau said several teachers were warned over the incident, and

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In recognition of the trend towards more online learning, we have launched the platform with two of our market-proven courses, “Business presentation skills for future leaders”, and “Video Savvy – Express course for marketers producing video”, which have already seen good take up on the online learning platform Udemy.

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