5th November, 2014
DSE General Studies Report: Students Mistaken Law Abiding and Law Enforcement as Rule of Law
Pro-government camp and a number of government officials have repeatedly condemned the Umbrella Revolution protesters for destroying the rule of law because they do not abide the law and ignored the temporary injunction order issued by the court. Florence Hui Hiu-fai, Under Secretary for Home Affairs and the police force have also repeatedly claimed that charging towards the police’s cordon is charging towards the rule of law. The Examination Authority released a report on the DSE General Studies exam recently. The abstract of the report seems to have contracted these claims which are being accused of confusing the public about the concept of rule of law. The report says that when answering questions about the conflict between right to protest and maintaining social order, some students mixed up the concept of “rule of law and public order” with law enforcement. Some students, according to the report, even interpreted rule of law as law abiding. The report says that students have to strengthen their understanding of the importance and function of the rule of law.
The abstract of this report also says that students’ answers show that they have not managed the concepts of freedom of speech, freedom of demonstration, freedom of assembly, rule or law, public order and public security. Although many students managed to showcase the conflicts between the two core values: freedom and public order, only a handful managed to explain the consequences caused by this conflict.