31st August 2013
Personality of a Cheung Chuk Shan College Student Changes after Moral Education Camp’s PLA Talks
Cheung Chuk Shan College, a famous secondary school in North Point, arranged a moral education camp for Form 1 students. Part of the camp is military education by the PLA. The parents are outraged after finding out that the school used the name “moral education” to brainwash their children. The moral camp was organised by an organisation owned by Bunny Chan Chung-bun, an advocate of Moral and National Education. Funded by the Jockey Club (US$76,000), a total of of 18,000 students participated the camp.
Biased text books, National Education Centre and China exchange tours have long been criticised for brainwashing children in Hong Kong. However, this is the first time for modal education camp to be suspected to participate in the brainwashing campaign. A parent of a Form 1 student at Cheung Chuk Shan College said that her daughter joint the two days orientation camp organised by the school. All students have to hand in their mobile phones as soon as they arrive the camp site, and immediately start a 3-hour long marching exercise until mid-day. “And then, PLA went over to tell them about the structure of the army and their work. Afterward, there was a China national flag hoisting ceremony, and followed by a brainwash talk, these went on for hours.”
This parent said that her daughter became very quiet after the camp which worries her, “Cheung Chuk Shan College is a famous school in the east Island district and not a left-wing school (pro-China), I cannot understand why did the school arranged such camp. I am seriously concern if there are more brainwashing activities at the school.”
The Form 1 students at Cheung Chuk Shan College are divided into two groups and went to the orientation camp on different days: 19th to 20th and 21st to 22nd. The camp was held at Hong Kong Association of Youth Development’s Moral Development Centre in Quarry Bay. Mr Wong, the teacher responsible for this camp at the school, said that the activity was outsourced and HKAYD won the bid last year with the cheapest proposal.
Mr Wong admitted that part of the camp is talks about PLA since last year. This year, he questioned these talks are not relevant to moral education, “they said that there are lots of work involved if the PLA talks are canceled as they do not know what alternative activities can replace them.” He quoted a colleague of his who was at the camp that the talks mainly focused on the ranks, work and gear of the PLA.
Bunny Chan Chung-bun, the Chairman of HKAYD, is also the chairman of Kwun Tong district council, which is alleged to be pro-China. The Commission on Youth, which he chairs, was found to fund brainwashing tours last year. The moral development camp organised by Chan’s organisation charges each student US$50, and Hong Kong Jockey Clubs subsidised US$76,000 for this camp. The camp aims at developing the moral of 18,000 teenagers from 2010 to 2013. The Jockey Club participated the camp’s 2010 ceremony, where Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, the then Chief Executive, and Zhang Shibo, PLA’s Commander in Chief, were also present.
Cheung Yui-fai, Director of the Education Research Department under Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union and a teacher of Liberal Studies, said that when he teaches students about PLA, he always explains to them that the CCP has absolute power over the party, the government and army, and the PLA is loyal to and directed by the CCP, which is completely different from western countries. Cheung also said that after the National Education storm last year, schools should be aware of the fact that parents are very concern about brainwashing elements. Cheung Chuk Shan College should have informed the parents ahead of the camp.