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Transcript of remarks by SED
     Following is the transcript of remarks by the Secretary for Education, Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, at a media session after officiating at the launch ceremony of the Joyful@School Campaign today (August 25):
Reporter: What do you mean? Are you saying school operators do not really need to issue those internal guidelines (against discussing independence for Hong Kong in schools)?

Secretary for Education: As I said, I believe whether there is a need to remind, to send a reminder, or maybe schools all together would like to have something in common, all these would be individual schools’ specific situations. As far as the overall guideline and principles are concerned, they are there already, as I mentioned, through the Education Ordinance, the Subvention Ordinance and so on. So they are all there. So it depends on individual schools and individual groups of teachers and so on, and their own sort of purposes.

Reporter: Would you welcome those things and guidelines issued by those schools?

Secretary for Education: As I said, I believe I would have to respect the schools and school sponsoring bodies, the professionals and their judgement as to what to do would be the best, as they have the professionalism, which has been highly regarded all the way.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.) 
Ends/Thursday, August 25, 2016
Issued at HKT 16:05
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