Beijing : Chinese officials have been ordered to deliver lectures on President Xi Jinping’s speeches and socialism in colleges each semester in a bid to help “bridge the gap” and build “trust” between students and the ruling Communist Party.
Chinese officials from cities would give political science lectures to university students at least once every semester, new guidelines jointly issued by the Ministry of Education and the publicity and organisation departments of the Communist Party of China (CPC) said. The lectures are part of the CPC’s mass campaign and could “help bridge the gap and build trust between students and the Party, and help students stay focused on their socialist goals and social responsibilities,” the guidelines added.
But before that officials are required to submit the content of the lectures and teaching materials to local publicity departments two weeks before the delivery, state-run Global Times reported the guidelines as saying. Officials will face a survey about the lecture after its delivery. Their lecture will be touching socialism with Chinese characteristics and the Chinese Dream as well as key speeches of Xi, who has emerged as the most powerful CPC leader in recent time with swiftly consolidating his hold on the party, government and the army with a massive anti-corruption campaign netting thousands some of whom are high ranking CPC and military officials.
He is stated to be the most powerful Chinese leader after reformist leader, Deng Xiaoping who succeeded party founder Mao Zedong. Already CPC has published a book on Xi’s speeches which has been translated into various languages of the world. Officials are also required to respond to the concerns of students and faculty “both on theory and in practice,” and help students distinguish right from wrong in terms of ideology and political theory.
All university students across China should attend these lectures at least once every semester, it said. Apart from lectures, officials are also encouraged to organise forums or seminars in schools. Education Minister Yuan Guiren told at a meeting on college education in January that no textbooks that espouse Western values should be allowed to enter the classroom. He also asked college officials to have more oversight over textbooks and materials directly taken from Western countries, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
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