Teachers in Hong Kong may be subjected to rigorous security exams

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As the local school system is reformed to cultivate greater devotion to Beijing, teachers in Hong Kong may be required to pass a test on the city’s national security statute, according to a top government official. Education Secretary Kevin Yeung said in an interview with Radio Television Hong Kong released on Friday that examinations will raise criteria for government educators in line with those faced by civil officials (Oct 15). The city has utilized the Beijing-imposed regulation to imprison over 150 people on charges carrying life sentences and explain a slew of new measures ranging from tax exemptions to cinema control.
Mr. Yeung told the public broadcaster, “We have to concentrate on national education, national security education, and we hope to promote pupils’ national identity.” “Because teachers are the students’ guides, we require them to have a basic comprehension of the Basic Law.”
Since Beijing blamed the mass protests of 2019 on Hong Kong’s insufficiently patriotic young, the city’s education system has been altered.
Since then, major curriculum reforms have seen children as young as six trained to memorize criminal offenses, schools have celebrated National Security Day, and teachers have been advised to report youngsters who break the law. The Basic Law, the city’s mini-Constitution that provides free speech and assembly – rights that are not protected on the mainland – is already being challenged by government instructors. Mr. Yeung told RTHK that the new test might be given to teachers in government-aided schools and kindergartens.
According to government proposals submitted to the municipal legislature this week, civil officials would be tested on the security statute, which criminalizes subversion, secession, terrorism, and coordination with foreign forces, starting in the middle of next year.

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