Hong Kong backs down over Chinese patriotism classes|
source: world media news 9/9/12
The Hong Kong government has backed down over plans to make schoolchildren take Chinese patriotism classes after weeks of protests.
City leader Leung Chun-ying said the classes would be optional for schools.
"The schools are given the authority to decide when and how they would like to introduce the moral and national education," he said.
Critics said the plans were an attempt to brainwash the city's children by the Chinese government in Beijing.
The proposed curriculum, which consisted of general civics education as well as more controversial lessons on appreciating mainland China, was due to be introduced in primary schools in September and secondary schools in 2013.