China will include “Xi Jinping Thought” in its national curriculum to help “establish the Marxist faith” in the country’s youth, the education ministry said in new guidelines published Tuesday.
The Ministry of Education said that “Chinese President Xi Jinping’s thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era” would be taught from elementary school to university.
The move aims to strengthen “determination to listen to and follow the party” and new teaching materials should “cultivate patriotic feelings,” the guidelines said.
Since coming to power in 2012, the Chinese president has sought to strengthen the role of the ruling Chinese Communist Party in all areas of society, including its businesses, schools and cultural institutions.
“Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” was formally enshrined in the country’s constitution in 2018. Xi’s personal power has also been strengthened by the abolition of presidential term limits.
In a speech marking the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party, which was celebrated in July, Xi vowed to “strengthen the party’s leadership”, maintain his own “core” leadership and promote the unity of the Chinese people. would strengthen.