The latest indication of the desperate mindset of the Communist Party high command in Beijing is this article from the BBC which says: “Hong Kong officials have singled out at least two schools for singing the Chinese national anthem “too softly”.

Teachers at a third school have been asked to help students “cultivate habit and confidence” in singing it.

Hong Kong has redoubled the emphasis on “patriotic” education since 2020 when China cracked down on the city’s pro-democracy movement.

Officials said students’ voices at the Hong Kong and Macau Lutheran Church Primary School were “soft and weak” and “should be strengthened”. At Yan Chai Hospital Lim Por Yen Secondary School, teachers were told to “help students develop the habit of singing the national anthem loudly in unison”.

These comments appeared in a series of reports released by the city’s education bureau after it inspected primary and secondary schools, and interviewed staff and parents.

Of the 20 schools whose inspection reports were published on the education bureau’s website, external, at least six were advised to strengthen their curriculum focused on patriotic education.

The reports also praised some schools for taking students to mainland China, and because their students “showed confidence in raising the national flag”.

In January, China implemented a law which requires schools, including those in Hong Kong, to include “patriotic education” in their curriculum….”

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