Chinese language state media mentioned Hong Kong faculties have turn out to be “lawless” as controversy builds over a historical past query in a faculty examination, rekindling tensions over educational freedoms within the semi-autonomous metropolis.
Beijing and a few Hong Kong officers have ceaselessly flagged the schooling system as a possible breeding floor for the large-scale, often-violent pro-democracy protests which roiled town within the second half of final 12 months.
The most recent row was sparked over a query on a Diploma of Secondary Schooling check, which requested college students to argue whether or not Japan had performed “extra good than hurt to China throughout the interval between 1900 and 1945.”
A Xinhua commentary printed late Friday mentioned Hong Kong faculties had did not ‘decolonise’ and the territory’s schooling system had not developed in step with the ‘one nation, two techniques’ rule.
Hong Kong returned to Chinese language rule in 1997 beneath an settlement with former colonial grasp Britain that town would have a excessive diploma of autonomy and revel in some freedoms unavailable within the mainland.
“The faculties appear to have turn out to be a lawless place that may unscrupulously promote heresies, assault the ‘one nation, two techniques’ and discredit the nation state,” Xinhua wrote on its web site.
“Some immature college students have been tricked into use by the anti-China forces and have turn out to be pawns to disrupt Hong Kong.”
Hong Kong Schooling Secretary Kevin Yeung has requested the Hong Kong Examinations and Evaluation Authority (HKEAA) to research why the query was a part of the historical past examination, sat by 5,200 college students, and requested for it to be invalidated.
The query “significantly damage the emotions and dignity of the Chinese language individuals who suffered nice ache throughout the Japanese invasion of China,” Yeung mentioned on Friday.
Public broadcaster RTHK reported on Saturday, citing unnamed sources, that two officers from the HKEAA had resigned following the controversy.
In an interview with pro-Beijing publication Ta Kung Pao, Hong Kong chief govt Carrie Lam mentioned final week the federal government would study the longer term construction of the topic, which is a part of the college entrance exams curriculum.
An try by the federal government to introduce “nationwide schooling” in Hong Kong in 2012 to instill patriotism and promote appreciation of mainland China was met with giant protests and scrapped.