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Teachers face politics classes

By Yang Jingjie (Global Times)

16:53, May 29, 2013

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has issued a policy document demanding that institutions of higher education strengthen and improve ideological and political work on young teachers.

The document, which was posted on the ministry's website on Monday, demanded that Party organizations on campus recognize the importance of such work under "new circumstances" and seize the initiative on related issues online, while reiterating that young teachers should not pass on information "harming national interests" during class.

An unidentified MOE official said on the ministry's website that teachers are close to students in age and communicate with them a great deal, and thus have a great impact on their thought and behavior.

The official noted that while most young teachers support the Communist Party of China's (CPC) leadership, a small number of them are confused in their political beliefs, and a few have inappropriate words and deeds, which makes them unqualified to be teachers.

Against this backdrop, the authorities asked the institutions to reinforce education on political theories, faith and current affairs among young teachers, and intensify the promotion of the Chinese dream.

An anonymous administrative employee with the Communication University of China told the Global Times Tuesday that they had not received such a notice, nor they had drawn up any related programs.

The employee said the university has always attached importance to such work, but noted such activities are not compulsory and not linked with teachers' assessment or income.

Several professors from Party schools at central and local levels told the Global Times they had given lectures to college teachers on a regular basis.

Su Wei, a professor at the Party School of Chongqing Party Committee, said he gives five lectures at universities in the southwestern municipality every year, and most teachers have given positive feedback.

Cai Zhiqiang, a professor with the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, said that while those who engage in ideological work on campus recognize the importance of such education, some young teachers who teach professional courses act indifferently and have even resisted it.

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