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Clean slate: rewritten schoolbooks say Hong Kong was never ...

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Clean slate: rewritten schoolbooks say Hong Kong was never British colony

The city’s school curriculum has been revamped as Beijing looks to exert greater control

Krystal Chia

New schoolbooks will teach pupils in Hong Kong that the city was never a British colony, according to the South China Morning Post, as Beijing seeks to tighten its control of the territory. 

The four sets of textbooks for a class on citizenship say the Chinese government never recognised the 19th-century treaties that handed Britain control of Hong Kong, the report says. They also stick to the government’s stance on the large and sometimes violent protests in the city in 2019, blaming them on “external forces”.

The educational materials have been provided to schools so they can pick which to teach from September, the newspaper said. Textbook publishers are responsible for choosing the appropriate materials for schoolbooks in accordance with official guidelines, the education bureau said...

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