Schools can teach national security law, says Kevin YeungLocal | 23 May 2020 2:11 pm
Education Secretary Kevin Yeung has said that schools can play a role in teaching students about the national security law that Beijing plans to promulgate for the SAR.
He also welcomed the exam authority's decision to pull the controversial question in the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exams.
Speaking after taking part in a radio program this morning, Yeung said the education of the national security law is not just schools' responsibility but the whole community, “when the law is enacted and implemented we will see how to explain to our students the essence of the law and also the underlying principles to them in our curriculum”, but he didn't give details.
Yeung also defended the Examinations and Assessment Authority (EAA)'s decision to cancel the DSE history exam question on whether Japan did more good than harm to China between 1900 and 1945, adding that it would not be fair to grade students.
He dismissed accusations of the government having political intervention over the independent and self-funded statutory body.
The Education Bureau earlier slammed the question for being biased and hurtful to Chinese people. It also infuriated Beijing's Foreign Ministry as it issued a Facebook post blasting the city's education system for becoming a “chicken coop without a flap”.
Hong Chan Tsui-wah, deputy secretary for education, backed Yeung's criticism of the question. She compared the question to ask “if taking drugs brings more benefits than harm”.
She said the question had a "misleading" implication that the Japanese had some good during their occupation in China and that it violated the bottom line of ethics.