The Chinese communist regime has banned foreign teaching materials in primary and secondary schools. Experts point out that this is an attempt by Beijing to tighten ideological control over students.

The new regulation, dated Dec. 19 and published on the official website of the Ministry of Education, stipulates that classrooms must have teaching materials, such as textbooks and classic novels, that “insist on the guiding principles of Marxism and reflect the Chinese style.”

“All primary and secondary school teaching materials must reflect the will of the Party and the country,” the directive acknowledges, showing the clear indoctrination that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is trying to impose.

The exceptions will only apply to upper secondary schools offering joint classes with foreign educational institutions.

The Ministry of Education also announced that it will tighten its system of reviewing all teaching materials, and those deemed to contain “problems of political direction or value orientation” will not be approved.

It clarifies that materials covering topics such as religion will be written and distributed directly to schools.

Reviews

A representative for the Office of the National Textbook Committee acknowledged to the state newspaper People’s Daily that the ban is intended to consolidate the influence of the Communist Party in the education system.

“Our next step is to systematize the education of Chinese philosophy, and accelerate the construction of teaching materials for the research of Marxist theories,” he said.

Chinese analyst Willy Lam, an associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, told CNN that the ban is the latest example of the party’s “tremendous effort to control the Chinese mind from outside influence.”

“This is part of the country’s thought control apparatus,” the scholar said.

Lam added that the timing of the new ban coincides with the “open repudiation of Communist Party values” by the protesters in Hong Kong and Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen.

The move comes after the Chinese regime updated a code of ethics for journalists in December, calling on them to maintain the authority of the Communist Party.

Restriction of thought

The new guidelines to limit freedom of thought are being implemented in a context of severe restriction on freedom of belief in mainland China.

In April last year the European Parliament condemned the persecution of practitioners of the spiritual discipline of the Buddha School known as Falun Gong or Falun Dafa, who are tortured and killed en masse for refusing to renounce their faith and adhere to the single communist way of thinking.

Christians, Tibetans, Uighurs, and other minorities also live in a “state of siege,” surrounded by detention camps and under constant surveillance by the authorities.

Facial recognition has become ubiquitous, allowing for new forms of social control. The suppression of speech on the Internet has only become more severe, a Bloomberg report said.

It should be recalled that in its 71 years of existence, the communist regime has consolidated a long history of violation of freedom of expression and belief.

In 1989, a series of rallies led by Chinese students who demanded democracy and freedom took place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, and ended up being repressed by the communist regime in blood and fire, leaving an unknown number of innocent people dead, which could have been hundreds or thousands.