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Govt must beef up national education: Matthew Cheung

2020-11-29 HKT 09:37
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  • Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung says students in particular should develop a sense of belonging with the country, by studying the constitution and the Basic Law. Photo courtesy of the office of the Chief Secretary for Administration
    Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung says students in particular should develop a sense of belonging with the country, by studying the constitution and the Basic Law. Photo courtesy of the office of the Chief Secretary for Administration
Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung said in his blog on Sunday that it is ‘imperative’ that the government strengthen national security education for HongKongers, saying this isn’t only necessary to safeguard the security of the country, but in also to ensure the prosperity and stability of the SAR.

He made specific mention of students, whom he said must strengthen their understanding of Chinese history and culture, as well as the current ‘national situation.’

“Strengthening education on the constitution and the Basic Law is the bedrock of cultivating the concept of ‘country’, and strengthening awareness on national security issues for students,” Cheung wrote.

He said the Education Bureau will use various activities to teach both primary and secondary school students about these matters, and foster their respect for the national flag and anthem.

“This will cultivate positive values among students, strengthen their attachment to and identification with the country, and their sense of belonging.”

The number-two official noted that Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s new Policy Address set out the necessity for the government to strengthen the overall population’s awareness of national security issues, and the need for people to abide by the law.

He said the government will be organising mass public education events such as Constitution Day on December 4, when legal experts will take part in a symposium on the importance of national security.

Cheung also praised Lam’s new policy blueprint as “comprehensive, rich, pragmatic and progressive”, saying her administration will not be sacrificing the long-term interests of Hong Kong for short term gains.