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Careful what you hum in Hong Kong schools

Hong Kong passed another small sad landmark on the path to perdition last week with the beginning of the political purge of the education business which has featured prominently on the Liaison Office’s wish list lately.

The latest victim was a Miss Lee at the Heung To Middle School in Kowloon Tong. Her offence, however, was a curious one.

Students form human chain outside Heung To Middle School on June 12, 2020. Photo: Joshua Kwan/United Social Press.

She is, or was, a music teacher. One standard method for Hong Kong music teachers to assess the progress of their students which (according to a useful academic article by BU’s Marina Wong) they do twice a year, is to ask the students to perform a tune of their own choice on whichever instrument they are torturing their neighbours with.

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