China will incorporate “Xi Jinping Thought” into its national curriculum.
The move is aimed at strengthening “resolve to listen to and follow the Party” and new teaching materials must “cultivate patriotic feelings”, guidelines published by the Education Ministry said.
They added that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era” would be taught from primary school level all the way to university.
Taking to Twitter, co-founder of UK-based charity Hong Kong Watch Benedict Rogers said that this move was just an extension of China’s “ludicrous propaganda indoctrination”.
“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.
Since coming to power in 2012, the Chinese President has sought to strengthen the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s role in all areas of society, including its businesses, schools, and cultural institutions.
In a speech to mark the centenary of the Communist Party celebrated in July, Xi vowed to “enhance” the Party’s leadership, uphold his own “core” leadership and strengthen the unity of the Chinese people.