Teaching never used to be a dangerous profession in Hong Kong. But now, as what one schoolmaster describes as a new “White Terror” sweeps through the education system, school corridors are haunted by fear.
Pupils are afraid to speak openly to teachers, who exercise the utmost caution even among themselves. In the classroom they agonise over what they can and cannot say because getting it wrong has severe consequences.
Mr Chan (a pseudonym), a history teacher in a government school with 30 years’ experience, learnt what this meant when he became one of the first members of the profession to be called to account.
In what is developing into a regular grim reminder of the Cultural Revolution in China, he was denounced by “concerned citizens”