In this undated file photo, a teacher at King’s College explains national security issues to students in a special class. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)
Starting from the next academic year, newly recruited teachers in public schools will need to pass a Basic Law exam that will include elements of the National Security Law for Hong Kong, to better promote national education in schools.
Teachers’ words and behavior have a great influence on students, and society has high expectations for teachers, said Education Secretary Christine Choi Yuk-lin
Speaking on a local television program on Sunday, Education Secretary Christine Choi Yuk-lin said the test may be extended to other types of schools.
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Teachers’ words and behavior have a great influence on students, and society has high expectations for teachers, Choi said. Teachers are not allowed to spread hateful or bullying remarks, whether via classes or social media platform, she added.
The Education Bureau plans to publish a new version of the Professional Code by the end of this year, Choi said.
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Choi said the goal of national education is to give students a basic understanding of the nation’s development, such as its history, culture, the current national situation, the economy, and geography, and this education encourages students to contribute to the country when it is in need, she said.