40% of Hong Kong teachers are leaving the education sector amid rising political pressure

After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) enforced the Hong Kong National Security Act, the education sector of the financial hub was also subject to “correction.”

Hong Kong teachers were disqualified or dismissed in a series of incidents because of statements about the city’s political situation. There is an atmosphere of horror. About 40% of teachers say they intend to leave Hong Kong’s education sector.

Von Weiwer, President of Hong Kong Professional Craftsmen’s Union, Said On his website, the city’s Education Department’s promotion of curriculum reforms in line with Beijing’s requirements, unfair handling of complaints, and even CCTV demands in the classroom have increased political pressure in the education sector. It states that it is.

May 5th, the union Online survey 1,178 secondary, elementary, kindergarten, and special school teachers and principals in Hong Kong. The results showed that 19.2% of respondents had plans for early retirement or early retirement, and 21.1% had no specific plans but tended to resign. It states that about 40% of the teachers surveyed intend to leave the education sector.

Of the 474 respondents who indicated their intention to resign, 71.1% cited “increasing political pressure” as the main reason for their resignation. More than half of these teachers (55.3%) said they were dissatisfied with Hong Kong society, and 38.6% said they were dissatisfied with the education policy of local governments.

Most of the respondents who said they would stay in Hong Kong’s education sector lived in Hong Kong with their families (58%), couldn’t afford to leave (53.3%), and were “used”. Affected by the above considerations. For life in Hong Kong ”(43.9 percent).

Some interviewees are restricted inside and outside the classroom for reasons to leave words and actions, politics overtakes professions in the current political environment, and some groups and individuals are against the education sector. He reported that he was making political criticism.

Some teachers believed that the quality of education in Hong Kong was in a downward spiral. He is an industry-savvy non-educational professional, chaotic government, and arts and liberal arts.

The survey also found that 47.7% of those who intend to retire have 21 to 30 years of educational experience.

Fung expressed concern that if an experienced teacher in Hong Kong resigns, there will be a shortage of talent and the quality of education in Hong Kong will be significantly reduced. He urged the government to improve its governance and end political interference in the education sector.

Teacher accused of making caricatures

In fact, Hong Kong’s education sector has also been targeted since the enforcement of Hong Kong National Security Law. Teachers were disqualified or dismissed one after another for remarks that crossed the red line in Beijing.

The Hong Kong Education Bureau announced on April 30 that two more teachers were disqualified. One of them, a secondary school teacher, was convicted of professional misconduct for opposition to expulsion bills, including mainland China. As of the end of April this year, four teachers in Hong Kong have been disqualified.

Wong, a junior high school general education teacher with a Facebook account “vawongsir”, started drawing caricatures on social media in May 2019. He was anonymously reported to the government last year for expressing his political views. In April, the Education Bureau said that Mr. Wong’s cartoon was “professional illegal activity”, saying that “the rule of law is dead” and “collusion between police and gangsters” and other unjustified charges against the government and police. It was ruled that a complaint against Wong was established. The university refused to renew Mr. Wong’s contract because of “insufficient funds.”

Ip Kin Yuen, Vice Chairman of Professional Teachers’ Union, criticized the ruling as unreasonable. He said it was nothing wrong for citizen teachers to express their views on social media on social issues and government policies.

Such freedom of expression is not allowed in mainland China under the totalitarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party, but has been commonplace in Hong Kong.

Wong said in Facebook post At the end of last month, the politics of the Chinese Communist Party permeated Hong Kong society, and one day it would be difficult to teach on campus. In the eyes of the government, it is the “villains” who do not support the government, and Hong Kong teachers will soon pledge allegiance to the Basic Law and be scrutinized, he said.

Teachers don’t dare talk about the Tiananmen Square incident

Wong Joke Shi, a Chinese teacher in junior high school, told The Epoch Times that he was not surprised that 40 percent of teachers wanted to leave. In fact, many of his colleagues are preparing to leave Hong Kong from 2019 to 2020, and many did so after the enactment of the Hong Kong National Security Act.

Mr Wong said he felt that Hong Kong’s education sector had changed significantly since the enactment of the Security Law. As a Chinese teacher, he is under pressure to consider whether he can teach students content that has been censored in China by the CCP, such as the Tiananmen Square Incident in 1989.

Mr. Wong talked about the Tiananmen Square incident on June 4th every year and said he would play some material clips for students. But this year he is not sure if he can continue this. Now he has a sense of self-censorship. “You are destined when they secretly report you because you don’t know what the students are thinking.”

The Hong Kong government is currently demanding that schools be politically neutral. However, Mr. Wong believes that the school is unlikely to be neutral because he cannot criticize the Chinese Communist Party, but only praise it.

“Where is political neutrality? There is no neutrality at all,” he said.

Wong added that all kinds of surveillance have become more and more serious and the mainland system is already in direct use in Hong Kong.

“It’s clear that education in Hong Kong is becoming a communist education,” he said. Therefore, many of his talented colleagues feel helpless and are currently planning to flee Hong Kong, he said. Wong admitted that he would leave if he had a chance. He plans to do so in 3-4 years.

Teachers Union president calls on government to listen to the voice of the education sector

Fung too Said on the union website According to another survey conducted by the union last June, more than 90% of teachers were politicians, local governments, Pro-Beijing figures and groups, public institutions in mainland China, and the media as the main sources of politics. I think there is. Pressure on the education sector.

He disregarded teachers’ views and promoted curriculum reforms in the Department of Education, unfair handling of complaints, frequent attacks on liberal arts by pre-established legislators, and demands for CCTVs in classrooms, all complicated. He pointed out that it was a bad behavior. Political pressure on Hong Kongers working in the education sector.

The union’s vice president, Yip Kin Yuen, also said that the Department of Education has been a teacher on many occasions in the past, including when the government renamed liberal arts to a subject called “Promoting Citizenship and Social Development.” I believe I ignored his voice. The teachers were very dissatisfied with the policy.

The Ip urged the Department to respect the views of teachers in the education sector and seek their full consultation before introducing new measures.

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