China will introduce the political ideology of Chinese President Xi Jinping in its national curriculum.
‘Xi Jinping thought’ will help “teenagers establish Marxist beliefs”, said the Ministry of Education (MOE) in new guidelines. The ideology will be integrated from primary school up to university.
This is the latest effort by Xi to consolidate the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s role in different areas of society. In a statement, the MOE said it aimed “to cultivate the builders and successors of socialism with an all-round moral, intellectual, physical and aesthetic grounding”.
The guidelines include labour education “to cultivate their hard-working spirit” and education on national security.
“Primary schools will focus on cultivating love for the country, the Communist Party of China, and socialism. In middle schools, the focus will be on a combination of perceptual experience and knowledge study, to help students form basic political judgments and opinions,” state media outlet Global Times reported.
The teaching materials must grasp the essence of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, systematically summarize its content, and clarify the scope of learning, read the statement.