As the 20th National Teachers' Day approaches, Premier Wen
Jiabao visited teachers in Beijing and sent greetings to more than
10 million teachers and educational workers country-wide.
"Education is of fundamental importance to the fulfillment of
China's long-range missions," Wen said while visiting an
83-year-old retired primary school teacher.
He said ensuring the schooling of children is the primary task
of the government.
"Only when education is available to everyone, can social
equality be achieved and quality of the citizens improved," he
According to Wen, China will put an end to illiteracy and
popularize compulsory education in the nation in five years. The
government will make special appropriations to improve the
conditions of primary and high schools. Meanwhile, it will further
strive to establish a team of high-level teachers.
While visiting an 88-year-old dancer, Wen said while China has
made progress in economic and social development, it should also
educate students in the art and culture. He urged all levels of the
government to support the development of art and art education.
He said that in addition to improving the basic education, China
must also make great efforts to improve higher education to
cultivate a large number of outstanding professionals.
He mentioned that in key scientific research institutions and
key areas of scientific research, China will recruit outstanding
talents from around the world.
China's National Teachers' Day falls on Sept. 10.
(Xinhua News Agency September 9, 2004)