Hong Kong parents, students protest against 'pro-Beijing' lessons

Last Updated: Tue, Jul 31, 2012 12:00 hrs

Over 30,000 parents and students in Hong Kong protested against Beijing's plans to introduce a new subject in schools which mostly contains lavish praise of China's one-party state, terming it an act of "brain washing".

The government funded a 34-page booklet titled "The China Model" that declares the country is led by a "progressive, selfless and united ruling group," and argues that multiparty systems set up "malignant party struggle", reports the Wall Street Journal.

The pro-Beijing institute that published the booklet received 1 million dollars in Hong Kong government funding between 2008 and 2011.

In 2010, following Chinese President Hu Jintao's call to teach Hong Kong youth about the "great tradition of loving the motherland", the city's then leader, Donald Tsang, announced plans for moral and national education. After a public backlash, the government delayed implementation until 2015.

A survey last week by the University of Hong Kong found that only 12% of respondents polled want the curriculum implemented on schedule, while 52% want it shelved and 30% have no opinion.

In response to the latest protest, Hong Kong's government said it would form a review committee. (ANI)

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