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Altruism to be gauge for students' appraisal

(Xinhua)

09:06, February 29, 2012

BEIJING, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Education has asked the country's primary and secondary schools as well as colleges to include altruism as a gauge in the students' appraisal system.

According to a notice published on the ministry's website on Tuesday, schools and colleges should make efforts, such as organizing volunteering activities, to encourage students to better learn from Lei Feng, a late Chinese icon of altruism, and promote the spirit of Lei Feng.

Teachers are also told to take Lei as an example in their work.

The notice required measures to increase the awareness of Lei's good deeds, promote the understanding of Lei's spirit and encourage efforts to carry forward his spirit.

Promoting Lei's spirit in modern times can help to inspire Chinese citizens' enthusiasm to build a better moral system, to encourage the people to carry on the country's traditional moral virtues, and to unite the entire nation, said Luo Shugang, deputy head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, at a press conference held by the department Monday.

Lei's spirit will also contribute to the promotion of the socialist core value system, the professional ethics and personal moral performances, Luo said.

Born in late 1940 in central China's Hunan province, Lei was orphaned at the age of 7. He became an army recruit in 1960. Lei is known for devoting almost all of his spare time and money to selflessly helping the needy.

He died from injuries sustained from being hit on the head by a pole while helping a fellow soldier direct a truck in 1962.

In a diary dated just five days before his accidental death, he wrote, "From now on, I will love and respect people more, always learn from the masses with a humble heart like a primary student, and be a servant of the people."

A year later, then Chinese leader Mao Zedong called on the entire nation to follow Lei's example, and March 5 of every year is designated "Lei Feng's Day."

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