On China's 34th Teachers' Day, let's review what President Xi Jinping has said about teachers.
"Communist Party committees and governments should focus on the professionalism of teachers, to care about them, pay them better, and protect their rights and interests, making teaching the most respected job in China."
"Today's students are the major driving force that will realize our great Chinese dream: the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Teachers are dream builders, undertaking their mission to forge a 'dream team'."
Teachers are shaping human souls
"The importance of teachers lies in shaping souls, forging lives and crafting humans... To become a good teacher, one must have lofty ideals, solid knowledge and a kind heart."
--- At Beijing Normal University, Sept 9, 2014
Teachers are patriots
Xi called on teachers to instill in their students a love of the motherland, the people and the Communist Party of China.
--- At Beijing Bayi School, Sept 9, 2016
Teachers are innovators
He said that universities and their academic faculty, as a key part of the country's innovation system and task-force, should enhance integration among different disciplines, offer more support for interdisciplinary research and scientists in cutting-edge areas and cultivate more leading scientists and world-class research teams.
--- At Peking University, May 2, 2018
In 2010, China launched a national training program for primary and middle school teachers. By 2014, more than seven million teachers in primary and middle schools as well as kindergarten were trained. And the goal of training 6.4 million rural teachers in the central and western regions was achieved.
The country will improve the living standards of rural teachers, unify the staffing standards of urban and rural teachers, and give preferential treatment to rural schools in evaluating and appointing teachers, according to a notice issued in 2015 by the State Council.
China had 15.78 million certified teachers in 2016, an increase of 1.16 million over 2012, according to the Ministry of Education. Since 2013, the central government has allocated 11.2 billion yuan to reward or subsidize rural teachers, benefiting more than 1.3 million people.