【共抗政府DQ歷史試題 守護思想自由 捍衛教育自主】
為反抗中共及政權對學生和教育界的打壓，中學生行動籌備平台 (下稱 “平台”) 在上星期二（2/6）正式向高等法院提交司法覆核申請，覆核考評局刪除試題的決定。布穎琪大律師及譚俊傑大律師將會於是次司法覆核代表我方。
Let’s overturn the decision to cancel the question on Chinese history in the DSE History exam
Appeal for crowdfunding for judicial review
Previously, the Education Bureau accused the DSE history exam—in particular the section on Chinese and Japanese history—of "damaging national sentiment". This was because contained the question ‘Japan’s invasion of China caused more benefit than harm.’. The Bureau argued that ‘one could only answer that the Japanese invasion brought more harm than good’. So, they pressured the HKEAA to strike out that question. A number of pro-Beijing councillors continued to pressure the HKEAA in conjunction with the government. Finally, on May 22, the HKEAA agreed to cancel the question, voiding any marks students may have gained on it.
In order to resist the suppression of the CCP, Hong Kong Secondary Students’ Action Platform (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Platform’) formally submitted an application for judicial review to the High Court on Tuesday (2/6), reviewing the decision of the Evaluation Bureau to delete the test questions. Barrister Po, Wing Kay and Barrister Tam, Jeffrey C.K. will represent us in this judicial review.
If the Education Bureau can successfully force the Examinations Council to censor questions on the grounds of political correctness, Hong Kong’s educational autonomy will be severely affected. Not only will this negatively impact the results of current candidates, it will also call the integrity of the entire DSE examination system into question, making it worthless in the eyes of the world’s educational institutions. More importantly, this move bring about white terror in the education community. Teachers will take care to avoid subjects which are politically taboo. In the long run, the history course will be reduced to nothing more than propaganda. This will also weaken students’ aptitude for independent thinking and cause their love of truth-seeking to diminish.
Judicial review is expensive enough: we certainly don’t want to lose the lawsuit and pay even more attorney’s fees than we have to. We learned that the HKEAA has appointed Hogan Lovells, Mr Dawes, Victor, S.C., Ms Tong, Sara, and other legal heavyweights for the lawsuit, and the Education Bureau may also participate in litigation. Therefore, our legal team estimates that our legal costs will be astronomical, and that the other party's legal costs will exceed 1 million HKD. In order to protect the Platform and ourselves from massive financial risk, we are trying to raise money for this judicial review. This means that candidates who are willing to bear legal risks will not face huge debts if they lose the lawsuit.
After discussing this with our lawyer, we expect that this crowdfunding will raise 1.2 million Hong Kong dollars. We will use all the money for this judicial review lawsuit, and we will donate any leftover money to the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund. The court has officially scheduled a hearing for July 2-3, so we hope to raise funds in the next two weeks to protect applicants and the legal team from excessive pressure.
It is education which shapes the soul and character of young people. If we want to save Hong Kong, we must first defend our educational independence. Only then will young people learn to think for themselves. We hope you will join our students in fighting against the CCP’s totalitarian takeover of the educational sector.