Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday that China should strive to build a high-quality and balanced basic public education service system.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks by joining national political advisers from the education, medicine, and health sectors who were participating in a joint group meeting.
Xi emphasized the socialist orientation in the management of schools, the non-profit nature of education, and the development of education that the people are satisfied with.
Education is essential for the country and the Party, he stressed.
To build a high-quality education system, reform of the assessment system should be a priority, in order to advance reforms in other aspects of education, Xi said.
He also called for efforts to train more talents who can contribute to the country’s high-quality development and high-level self-reliance.
Teachers are the central pillar of education, and strengthening the professional ethics of teachers should be our top priority, Xi said.
He also ordered more support for teachers in rural areas.