From the outside, Hong Kong still looks like a bustling metropolis in Asia, but changes to its schools are causing concern among senior teachers.
“Some say that being a teacher in Hong Kong is a risky profession nowadays,” said one junior high school teacher, Adrian.
Adrian is a teacher and he asked to be called by his first name because he was afraid of the consequences if he expressed his opinion. It teaches subjects liberal studies or general education which aims to hone students’ critical thinking skills.
“In the past we freely commented on various policies and invited students to give their opinion on the policies. We now fear that criticism of the policy could lead to accusations of endangering national security or inciting hatred against the government. We are concerned about this, as are our students,” he explained.
Hong Kong education affairs officials defend national security education in primary and junior high schools.
In a statement carried by China’s state news agency, the official said the curriculum gives students a clearer understanding of the inseparable relationship between the state and Hong Kong, the “one country two systems” model of government and the role of law in prosperity. and Hong Kong’s development.”
Karen is a Chinese studies teacher, also ask FLY to only use his nickname, said that although he attended a workshop on a new teaching guide, he was still unsure if he would face any difficulties in the future.
“The teaching atmosphere in schools has changed. This change in the atmosphere is changing the autonomy we have, the autonomy as teachers. The NSL law does not clearly tell what we can and cannot do,” he said.
Adrian said some of his colleagues had stopped teaching and moved abroad. He said students who were not in or from mainland China were still staying in Hong Kong, while many more affluent families were considering moving abroad. [ew/jm]