When a student achieves a high grade, it is a source of pride for the family, satisfaction for the student, and an excellent reward for the student’s efforts. Schools, which are part of the lives of these talented students, also consider it important to congratulate them in their publications.
For example, the “Gaokao” is an exam that students take in their final year of high school for national university entrance and is considered one of the most difficult in the world; in which there were 12 million applications this year, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) forbids schools from publicly praising their talented students and they are also not allowed to disclose which university will welcome them with open arms, according to World Asia.
However, in recent years the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has focused on education to gain the obedience and loyalty of citizens, from kindergarten, elementary school, high school, to university and since 2018 has been moving towards a new plan called ‘Xi Jinping’s Thought for a New Era,’ which imposes egalitarianism and socialism that demands strict control in institutions.
In this sense, the CCP is focused on teaching the ideology of egalitarianism, which advocates the disappearance or attenuation of social differences. For this reason, the CCP rejects and condemns any public flattery of students that demonstrates who is the most intelligent or has more ability in a group.
For this reason, the control is focused on the prohibition of public praise or congratulations to students who made an effort and excelled.
The gaokao (高考), literally meaning “high examination,” does not allow the promotion of the best students, according to the new education plan called Xi Jinping’s thought for a new era, which emphasizes equality and socialism.
While educational institutions must obey the CCP’s orders, they found a creative way to get around this ban and congratulated their students’ efforts by using fruit metaphors in their public messages to share information about their graduates’ high grades, What’s on Weibo reported.
For example, the school in Nanning, Guangxi, wrote on its blog:
“Of a batch of 1320 ripe mangoes, there are over a hundred weighing more than 600 grams,” one school in Guangxi’s Nanning wrote. This method allows educators to release the highest grade using the weight of the fruit as the score, with the maximum score being 750.
” [We] picked a mango weighing as much as 696 grams, the king of Qinzhou fruit. Two fruit dealers in the capital have already heard of it and are eager to take it.”
Schools in Guangxi usually publish with the mango metaphor because Guangxi is one of the largest mango-producing regions in the Asian country.
Other schools used fruits such as plums or peaches, according to the Chinese characters (桃李), which also refers to pupils or disciples.
Another school wrote:
“It is harvest season (..), and the campus is fragrant with peaches and plums, and fruitful results!” adding that “a total of 2400 high-quality peaches and plums have been harvested, and over 93% are of high quality!”
In this context, Xi Jinping Thought urges “Red Culture”
Young children from age three are given ideological work from kindergarten onwards, taught about love for the CCP, “socialist values,” and “Xi Jinping’s thought.” Still, according to Bitter Winter, it is met with little enthusiasm by the children and their parents.
To restore enthusiasm for Marxist education, in recent years, in the cities of Jiujiang, Nanchang, and other cities in Jiangxi, the CCP has organized “revolutionary thinking” summer camps, in which 200 primary and secondary school students attend the so-called “revolutionary bases” of the Red Army in Jinggangshan.
Students commented that instructors tell them stories about the exploits of Chairman Mao and other revolutionary leaders, calling them “very brave” and instructing the children “to always keep Chairman Mao in their hearts.”
Students in Red Army uniforms have become the most crucial part of the curriculum in schools across the country.
Moreover, students are taught to reject religion, stating that it is superstition and that they must believe in the party and science. Their teachers also encourage children to actively denounce believers, saying, “We must dedicate our lives to the motherland.”
A mother in Shangqiu city, Henan province, said the teacher delivered to parents via WeChat a list of 13 reading books for children to study during their summer vacation and to prepare posters based on their reading.
“It’s frustrating to read those books, but not reading them isn’t an option. If I don’t finish reading them, I won’t be able to prepare my handmade posters, and then the headteacher won’t allow me to enroll for the next semester,” said an anguished child with a book on communism.
Students at an elementary school in Jinan City in Shandong were also asked to memorize core socialist values at home, and their parents were instructed to monitor their progress. Some parents reported that their children were crying in frustration.
Indoctrination also takes place in universities, and it is where the CCP intensifies its control with the monitoring of academic staff and students through the use of personal data, surveillance cameras in classrooms, as well as through student informants, who become the eyes and ears of the CCP, RFA reported.
The CCP apparently recognizes that it is losing credibility in Chinese society and is demanding that people adopt the stance of following Xi Jinping’s thinking, this being the only chance the Chinese regime has of being able to continue in power.