Education Chief: Schools Not for Politics

Students and teachers must not join class boycotts over proposed national security law, Hong Kong education chief tells school principals. Students should not become "venues for expressing political demands".
Education Chief: Schools Not for Politics
By Carli Allan
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Hong Kong’s Education Secretary Kevin Yeung has called for a ban on all national security protests on school campuses. Students should not chant slogans, form human chains, post slogans, or sing songs that contain political messages, he told all principals in Hong Kong this week.

In a letter to all primary and secondary schools, Yeung said that he did not want to see schools being turned into “venues for expressing political demands.” He called for schools to punish any students promoting or protesting against the incoming national security law.

“None of us wish to see students give up their studies for taking part in political activities or even have their future ruined because of participating in unlawful activities.”

Yeung’s letter says that teachers should also be disciplined for participating in class boycotts, adding:

“Any teachers taking part in class boycotts advocated by [the groups] are not only deliberately failing to perform their jobs and neglecting their duties, but also purposefully bringing politics into schools,”

“It is a demonstration to students of an expression of political demands in breach of established rules.”

China’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, is proposing new national security legislation for Hong Kong, which could be enforced as early as August.

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