A Hong Kong teachers’ union has slammed a suggestion by the pro-establishment camp and family members of police officers, who want to form a “teacher complaints council” and to install cameras inside classrooms to monitor what teachers say.
These were some of the suggestions by police officers’ families and pro-Beijing lawmakers Starry Lee and Elizabeth Quat from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) during a meeting with three bureau chiefs – John Lee Ka-chiu from Security, Kevin Yeung Yun-hung from Education and Joshua Law from Civil Services – on Saturday.
During the meeting, family members of police handed a petition signed by law enforcers from 15 police and discipline services quarters to the government to reveal the pressure both police officers and their families faced over the now-withdrawn extradition bill saga, Wen Wei Po reported.
They suggested to the Education Bureau that the government form a “teacher complaints council” to monitor and investigate teachers to see if there was any spread of hatred against police during classes. The complaints would then be submitted to the Education Bureau who would dish out punishment.
They also suggested installing audio and visual systems to tape the teaching process for review.
Other suggestions in the education field included Chinese history being a compulsory subject and a review of the teaching content of the subject Liberal Studies.
Over the past three months, complaints were made to police about some teachers’ posts on social media, with claims they had spread hate speech against the police force and promoted the bullying of officers’ children.
The suggestions at the meeting drew heavy criticism, with some saying they were introducing white terror to the campus.
The Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union issued a statement strongly condemning the reckless suggestions from the DAB, adding that they overrode the professionalism of the education sector and shifted the responsibility of the saga to schools and teachers, Ming Pao Daily reported.
The teachers’ union emphasized that they had a mechanism to handle code of conducts issues and there was no need to set up a “teacher complaint council.”
Pro-Beijing teachers’ union the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers also objected to the idea of such a council, saying they should not question the professionalism of teachers due to individual cases that had happened.
At the meeting, the police officers’ families also expressed their strong objection to setting up an independent commission of inquiry into the excessive use of force by police, and asked the government to enact legislation to prohibit acts of insulting civil servants as well as anti-mask legislation.
They also asked for more resources for police officers and their families, including an education allowance for local and overseas studies, medical insurance for existing and retired police officers and their families and a policy to grant public housing apartments to officers when they retired.
While police officers were worried about their children being bullied at school, it appears that many Hong Kong students have focused on showing their solidarity and unity with the protesters’ five demands.
Secondary school students and alumni from almost 100 schools across the city joined hands and formed human chains between campuses on Monday morning before classes in support of the pro-democracy protests.
As early as 7am, long human chains gradually formed linking different schools in various districts. In Kowloon City, students from nine secondary schools in the area formed a long human chain.
They chanted the slogan “five key demands, not one less,” representing the five demands that the anti-extradition bill protesters have been calling for. The city’s chief has so far only fulfilled one – the withdrawal of the extradition bill.
The other four demands are setting up an independent commission of inquiry to probe the alleged brutality of the police force, an amnesty for arrested protesters, a halt to categorizing the protests as riots and the implementation of universal suffrage.
However, two people were injured in Kai Tai and Tai Kok Tsui districts after some people with opposite views attacked students with a cuter and threw objects at them from a height, the Apple Daily reported.