Schools the prime targets of infiltrating hostile forces: official

Source:Global Times Published: 2016/12/11 23:28:39

China's top education official has pledged to strengthen the leadership of the Communist Party of China in schools and enhance ideological education among Chinese students. 

Schools are the prime targets of hostile forces for their infiltration activities, and ideological education is the core task to strengthen CPC leadership in schools, Education Minister Chen Baosheng said in an article published on the official Sina Weibo account of Ziguangge Magazine under the CPC's Central State Organs Work Committee on Friday.

Chen said that the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) had heavily damaged ideological work, but since then the CPC had rebuilt the Party's ideology and formed the theoretical system of socialism with Chinese characteristics. However, the ideological struggle remains strong in some fields, especially in the education sector.

Some so-called online celebrities and public intellectuals are attacking the country's education system, and some non-mainstream media are criticizing the Party's theories and smearing the Party's history with historical nihilism, Chen said.

Chen stressed that the education system is the frontline of ideological work, as over 80 percent of graduates in philosophy and social sciences are working in the system. And if any hostile forces attempt to undermine the future of China, they would start with undermining the education system.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said ideological work in colleges should be integrated into the entire education process, underlining the need for firm Party leadership in higher education at a two-day meeting on ideological and political work in China's universities and colleges, which concluded on Thursday, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday.

Xi called on Party authorities to prioritize ideological and political work in colleges and strengthen their leadership in the sector.

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