Under pressure from mainland China, Hong Kong’s elementary schools have to start a new curriculum on “national education.” Recently revealed, its module on the “China model” is full of political propaganda, such as the claim that one party dictatorship is more effective than any other democratic political system.
The curriculum on national education is a government funded project contracted to the National Education Service Center under the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers [a pro-China teacher's Union] and the center has received more than HKD30 millions [equivalent to USD4 millions] over the past 4 years for curriculum development and related activities. The actual writing of the teaching manuals has been subcontracted to the Advanced Institute for Contemporary China Studies under the Hong Kong Baptist University.
The cover page of the teaching manual on China Model. Image by Apple Daily News. Permission for non-commercial use.
Outraged by the brainwashing nature of the curriculum, an online signature campaign has been launched to protest against the Baptist University. The protest statement says[zh]:
The content of “Pedagogy on China model” is very biased. It praises the political system in mainland China and the Chinese Communist Party. We believe that as a university that is responsible for our academic development, it should be more objective in presenting the pros and cons of the political system in China, rather than using a public research fund to accomplish its political mission.The set of curriculum is funded by the government for teaching our primary and secondary school children. They are too young to develop their judgement on the content. Its political stand would affect the critical thinking of our pupils toward mainland China. The project has made use of the Baptist University’s academic credential [to establish its authority]. We are very disappointed that such biased curriculum has been published and that the head of the Institute has refused to correct the mistake and rewrite the content.
The Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ union [zh] also made a public statement against the brain-washing teaching methods, demanding[zh] the Education Bureau make a public announcement that the curriculum is not suitable for educational use. The union has a detailed analysis of the brainwashing nature of the content:
教學手冊中，以「進步、無私與團結的執政集團」去形容現時的中國政府，並認為其特性為：確保施政穩定、確保國土完整、提升國內各族人民及海外華人的向心力、保留中華民族傳統等(p.10)，並認為這是社會科學所言的理想型(ideal type) (p.11)。以上遣詞用字，充滿對現政權的阿諛，卻隱藏了連現政府也公開承認的制度問題（如官員監察不足）、貪污腐化問題、內部矛盾問題（如薄熙來事件）等。
In the past few days, student activist group, Scholarism, has been following the new head of Education Bureau Eddie Ng Hak Kim [zh], to express their anger towards the national education’s agenda. Below is a “wanted” poster of Eddie Ng created by Scholarism in Facebook [zh]:
Wanted: Eddie Ng. Image by Scholarism on their facebook page.
A comment under the poster says [zh]:
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Written by Oiwan Lam