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Schools with ‘phantom pupils’ owe public an explanation Listen
The president of the Professional Teachers' Union, Fung Wai-wah, says schools that have inflated student numbers in order to secure government funding owe the public an explanation. He says this kind of action could amount to misconduct on part of the schools. A secondary school in Tuen Mun has been accused of adding eight pupils to Form One, allowing the school to have an extra class. And a primary school in Yuen Long is alleged to have enrolled ‘phantom pupils’ who hardly attended but were promoted every year. Fung tells Annemarie Evans that the Education Bureau should follow up the cases and close any loopholes that enable schools to inflate student numbers.
National anthem law incompatible with Hong Kong’s legal system Listen
Legal sector lawmaker, Dennis Kwok, says a new law on the national anthem cannot be applied to Hong Kong. The legislation was proposed by the National People's Congress Standing Committee and sets out the proper way to sing the anthem. It also proposed that the law be included in the annexes of the Hong Kong and Macau Basic Laws. Kwok says the legislation is incompatible with Hong Kong's legal system. He tells Jim Gould that it is also vague.
Fighting in Rakhine “very worrying”: correspondent Listen
Fighting is continuing in Rakhine state in Myanmar, along its border with Bangladesh. Thousands of people from the Muslim minority - known as Rohingyas - have fled their homes and are trying to enter Bangladesh. The Rohingyas face severe restrictions inside Myanmar. But reports suggest they are also being turned back by Bangladeshi border guards. RTHK's Southeast Asia correspondent, Larry Jagan, told Annemarie Evans that the fighting is very worrying.