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Hong Kong Ed. Bureau Aims at Withering HK Cantonese;Send your Objection NOW! By Chapman Chen,HKBNews



The consultation period for Hong Kong Education Bureau's Chinese Language Education Key Learning Area Curriculum Guide will expire on Sept 16 (Mon.). It proposes to continue to promote teaching the Chinese subject in Putonghua in HK primary schools (P1-P3) in a school-based mode. Language not only expresses but also constructs identity (Bucholtz and Hall, 2005:35; David Evans, 2014). Adopting Putonghua as the medium of instruction in place of HK Cantonese will cost Hongkongers their identity, culture, jobs, and dignity. PLs send your view to taskforce_cur@edb.gov.hk NOW!


In fact, the Education Bureau has set a long-term vision that Putonghua be used as the medium of instruction for teaching the Chinese Language Subject in all primary and secondary schools, which is against Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 2 of the 1992 UN Declaration on the Rights of … Linguistic Minorities. Actually, HK Cantonese is still the mother tongue of 90% of the HK population, and together with English, it has been the facto official oral language of HK for over 170 years. It has been used in Executive and Legislative councils, schools, courts, hospitals, newspapers, radio and TV programs, etc. Moreover, Cantonese is spoken by 0.1 billion people in the world and it is a 3000-year-old language much more elegant than Putonghua, a newspeak created by the Chinese Communist Party to brainwash people.


The Consultation Document is now available at https://www.edb.gov.hk/attachment/tc/curriculum-development/renewal/CLE/brief_CLE%20KLA.pdf. Members of the public are invited to send their views and suggestions to the Task Force by post (Secretariat, Task Force on Review of School Curriculum, Room 1301, 13/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong), by fax (2573 5299) or by email (taskforce_cur@edb.gov.hk) on or before Sept. 16, 2019.


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