Hong Kong teachers warned pro-independence lessons could lead to prosecution under national security law

Hong Kong teachers warned pro-independence lessons could lead to prosecution under national security law

  • Officials accuse teacher of scheming to spread separatist messages, including requiring pupils to show whether they agreed with Hong Kong independence
  • Criminal action will not be pursued over the incident because it occurred before national security legislation was enacted in June, education chief says

Education officials will not refer the case of a teacher struck off the professional register for life for promoting Hong Kong independence to police but warned that those involved in similar incidents in future could face prosecution under the national security law.

They accused the unnamed teacher, whose case came to light late on Monday night, of scheming to spread separatist messages, including requiring pupils to show whether they agreed with Hong Kong independence.

But Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung said criminal action would not be pursued over the incident because it occurred before the Beijing-decreed legislation was enacted in June.

“We are going to discuss with the Security Bureau and law enforcement agencies about how to handle cases of a similar nature in the future,” Yeung said.