Xi Jinping sends greetings to teachers ahead of Teachers' Day
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on teachers to provide good guidance to students in a greeting to educators across the country ahead of China's Teachers' Day, which falls on Friday.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks on Wednesday in a letter to representatives of model teaching units named after late geophysicist at Jilin University Huang Danian, who helped China make advances in deep earth exploration.
Xi praised the representatives for their achievements in teaching and scientific research and innovation, noting that they have followed Huang's example in their work.
He encouraged them and college teachers across China to provide good guidance to students and make new contributions to the cause of fully building a modern socialist country.
Huang, known for his expertise in deep earth exploration technology, studied and worked in Britain for 18 years before returning to China in 2009. Over the ensuing years, he helped China soar in a number of technical fields, transforming the nation into a world leader in deep earth exploration. He died in January 2017 at the age of 58.
Xi called on the whole society to learn from the late geophysicist and hailed his outstanding contributions in education and scientific research in a written instruction in May 2017.
The Ministry of Education launched a nationwide campaign in colleges and universities in 2017 to form model teaching units named after Huang. The first batch of 201 teaching units from 200 colleges and universities was identified in the campaign.
The representatives of these teaching units wrote a letter to Xi recently about their work and expressed determination to contribute to China's national rejuvenation.
(With input from Xinhua)
(Cover: A Teachers' Day greeting is seen on a bridge in Wuzhou, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, September 10, 2020. /CFP)