News in October

 

Chinese student who said he could never love his country did not deserve to lose place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: South China Morning Post

Date: Oct. 3rd, 2018

Access: https://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/2166676/chinese-student-who-said-he-could-never-love-his-country-did-not

Summary:

A Chinese undergraduate student was expelled from Hunan City University because he said he will never love China. In China, patriot education is very important, but at the same time, should a young man who is talented enough to be admitted with a civil engineer undergraduate programme be expelled just because he expressed his own opinion? Some people say that "China's patriotism drive risks ostracising its intellectuals." This might be exaggerated, but it might be not. The punishment that gave to the student was too harsh.  We might need to ask should people be forced to love their own country? Should they accept all the government decisions? Society needs to be improved, and this is why we need different voices. 

 

 

Hong Kong Education Chief Says He Doesn’t Want to Force Schools to Teach Mandarin over Cantonese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: South China Morning Post

Date: Oct. 9th, 2018

Access: https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2167724/hong-kong-education-chief-says-he-doesnt-want-force-schools

Summary:

This piece of news targeted the concerns of education policy from people in Hong Kong. Some people criticized Hong Kong’s education chief, Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, for addressing the importance of Mandarin. Critics said his remarks had worried some Hongkongers who fear that mandarin (the official language in mainland China) will replace Cantonese (the dialect spoken in Hong Kong) and that Beijing’s interference on local educational policy are increasing. However, others looked at things more positively. Halina Poon Suk-han, the chairwoman of the Hong Kong Subsidised Secondary Schools Council, indicated that she did not feel any pressure from Beijing and that it would be surprising only if Beijing turned a blind eye to the education issue or had no expectation in education. Check this out to find more about this issue.