The Chinese education system will introduce the political ideology of the President Xi Jinping in its national curriculum.
The ideology would be integrated from primary school up to university.
In a statement, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said it aimed “to cultivate the builders and successors of socialism with an all-round moral, intellectual, physical and aesthetic grounding”.
“Xi Jinping thought” will help “teenagers establish Marxist beliefs”, said the MOE in new guidelines.
The guidelines include labour education “to cultivate their hard-working spirit” and education on national security.
In 2018, China’s top body enshrined “Xi Jinping Thought” into the constitution.
Since then, it’s been introduced across some universities and amongst political youth wings holding extra-curricular activities and schools.
The new guidelines however, will see a much more extensive roll-out.
“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 Global Times reported.
“In college, there will be more emphasis on the establishment of theoretical thinking,” it added.
The ministry is also working on including themes such as party leadership and national defence education into the curriculum, Tian Huisheng, an education ministry official told Global Times.
Previous Chinese leaders have come up with their own political ideologies which have been incorporated into the party’s constitution or thinking.
But none, besides party founder Mao Zedong, have had their ideology described as “thought”, which is at the top of the hierarchy, and only Mao and Deng Xiaoping have had their names attached to their ideologies.