Hong Kong’s Education Bureau demands exam authority probe employees’ alleged anti-Beijing Facebook posts

May 14, 2020 by

The posts, cited this week in local media reports, include calls for Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down and an assertion the Basic Law is ‘dead’.

  • The posts include calls for Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down and an assertion the Basic Law is ‘dead’
  • Pro-establishment teachers union calls it ‘hate speech’, while opposition-linked union decries an ‘invasion of privacy’
Hong Kong’s Education Bureau is asking the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority to follow up on media reports accusing two of its employees of making anti-government social media posts. Photo: May Tse
the university entrance examHong Kong’s Education Bureau has demanded the exam assessment authority follow up on reports of alleged “inappropriate comments” on social media made by staffers involved in the formation of questions and marking procedures for

Allegations that two Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority assessment development managers had revealed anti-government political leanings in their social media posts were carried in reports this week by pro-establishment media outlets Orange News and Ta Kung Pao.

The two outlets cited more than a dozen Facebook posts said to be from the pair’s personal accounts, some of which date back to 2010.

One post from this year, written in Chinese, reads: “If there was no Japanese occupation, would there be a new China? Have you forgotten your origin?”.

The post, which implies the Japanese invasion laid the groundwork for the Chinese Communist Party’s rise to power, accompanied a news report about a man in the mainland city of Zhengzhou who was arrested for wearing a Japanese army uniform to his wedding.

Other posts said to shed light on their political beliefs included a profile picture with remarks demanding Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor step down, and a post saying the Basic Law was “dead”.

Source: Hong Kong’s Education Bureau demands exam authority probe employees’ alleged anti-Beijing Facebook posts | South China Morning Post

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