China will introduce President Xi Jinping’s political ideology into its national curriculum for schools and universities, in the latest effort to consolidate the ruling Communist Party’s grip on power in the future.
“Xi Jinping’s Thinking on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” will be incorporated into China’s textbooks for students of all levels, the country’s Ministry of Education announced on Tuesday.
The guideline, issued by the National Textbook Committee, said textbooks reflect the will of the Communist Party of China (CCP) and the nation and directly impact the direction and quality of talent cultivation, it reported Wednesday. the state-run China Daily.
The ideology will be integrated into the curriculum that will cover core, vocational and miscellaneous subjects in higher education, said Han Zhen, a member of the National Textbook Committee.
Under the new curriculum, primary schools will focus on cultivating love for the country, the CCP, and socialism.
In middle schools, the focus will be on a combination of perceptual experience and the study of knowledge to help students form basic political opinions and judgments.
In universities, there will be more emphasis on establishing theoretical thinking, the state-run Global Times reported.
Considered the most powerful leader after the CCP founder Mao Zedong, Xi is expected to remain in power for an unprecedented third term beginning late next year.
Xi, 68, who heads the CCP, the army and the presidency, will complete his second five-year term as party chief next year.
But unlike his predecessors, he is expected to oppose the mandatory two-term retirement rule after the amendment to the Constitution that removed the term limit for the president.
As a result, Xi, who was declared a “central leader” by the party, a title that placed him on a higher pedestal in the CCP’s leadership structure, has the prospect of continuing in power for life.
Since he assumed the reins of the CCP in late 2012, Xi had consolidated his grip on power with the high-intensity anti-corruption campaign in which more than a million officials, including several high-ranking military personnel, were punished.
He has also launched various political initiatives, including the realization of the Chinese dream broadly defined as regaining the nation’s lost greatness, making China a moderately prosperous society, eliminating absolute poverty, consolidating the CCP’s power over the military. and the integration of Hong Kong. and Taiwan with the mainland, etc.
While preparing for his third term, he recently launched a new initiative called “common prosperity for all” Chinese, which is said to be a new wealth redistribution policy, ending the era of billionaires in the country.
The new policy shift came as the government has cracked down unprecedentedly against Alibaba and other major corporate companies in various sectors to address growing income inequality, rising debt levels and slowing consumption.