[Now News Channel]The Legislative Council’s Educational Affairs Committee discussed the high school civic and social development division. The reference in the textbook to “Hong Kong was never a British colony” caused controversy. Some lawmakers asked the Education Bureau to allocate resources to correct misinformation on the Internet.
Leung Mei-fun, Member of the Legislative Council (Election Committee): “‘Hong Kong has never been a British colony’, this is very important, whether it’s about one country, two systems or China’s history, but some people come back and say you slander, do you have a group of people, do you have a ‘net Army’, distributing correct knowledge online.”
Cai Ruolin, director of the Education Bureau: “We don’t have the resources to be a ‘net army’, but we will improve our students’ information literacy so that they can distinguish right from wrong and check the facts on their own.”
Hong Chen Cuihua, Deputy Secretary-General of the Education Bureau: “It involves major issues of right and wrong, the issue of Hong Kong’s return, a century of history, and humiliation. In fact, this is a historical point of view. A textbook has been launched before, and a book of events of Hong Kong’s return has been launched. The whole set of textbooks has been consulted at the time. Historians and legal experts, but there was no (general education) textbook review in the past, and this time, when there is a textbook review, we will work together to make corrections.”