President Xi political ideology will soon be incorporated in Chinese schools

China's President Xi Jinping attends a news conference at Los Pinos Presidential Palace in Mexico City June 4, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Vastavam web: President Xi Jinping s political ideology will soon be incorporated into the curriculum across China, a move analysts believe would solidify his image as a transformative leader and help in the rise of nationalism among the youth.Education Minister Chen Baosheng said the new ideology, unveiled at the start of the ruling Communist Party of China’s national Congress would be incorporated into the curriculum across the country, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.”We will design specific teaching methods that combine texts … of various grades and subjects,” he said.
The formal title of 64-year-old Xi’s ideology will be revealed when the Congress amends the party’s Constitution tomorrow.The once-in-a-five-year Congress, besides endorsing Xi’s second five year term and approve his ideological thought will also select a new set of leaders to work with him and Premier Li Keqiang.The new seven member Standing Committee headed by Xi which rules the country would be announced on October 25.
While first-graders learn to identify the national flag and doctoral candidates analyse communist theory, ninth- graders tackle the list of “guiding principles” from former Chinese leaders, including Mao, Deng, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao.Xi’s ideology is likely to be taught at fifth or sixth grade, the Post reported.Cheng Chen, a US-based political scientist at the University at Albany, said teaching the new ideology in school would strengthen the image of both Xi and the party as champions of the Chinese nation.The party has also strengthened its grip on academia since Xi came to power in 2012, warning against the spread of “Western ideas” in classroom and calling on universities to serve the party rule.