Xi calls on building China into education powerhouse

President stresses enhancing teachers' political, social and professional status

President Xi Jinping called on Monday for respecting teachers and valuing education, stressing the importance of stepping up efforts in educational modernization in a bid to build China into an educational power.

Xi, also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, made the comment at a national education conference on Monday marking China's 34th Teachers' Day.

On behalf of the CPC Central Committee, Xi extended congratulations and greetings to teachers and educators nationwide at the conference, attended by senior officials from government departments across the country.

Calling education a foundation for national revitalization and social progress, Xi said educational undertakings are of decisive significance in promoting people's overall development, strengthening the nation's innovation capability and realizing the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

He stressed enhancing the political, social and professional status of teachers so that they will have the social prestige due them and will make greater contributions to the cause of the Party and the people by imparting knowledge.

The priority was given to developing education at the 19th CPC National Congress from the strategic perspective of upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, Xi said.

He hailed education as the fundamental task of the country and the Party, saying the goal of the educational cause is to cultivate socialist builders and successors with all-around moral, intellectual, physical and aesthetic grounding with a hardworking spirit.