Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China

Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China
Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China
Agency overview
Formed 1998
Jurisdiction  People's Republic of China
Headquarters Beijing
Agency executive Yuan Guiren, Minister of Education
Parent agency State Council
Child agencies National Office For Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (NOCFL)
China Scholarship Council

The Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China (simplified Chinese: 中华人民共和国教育部; traditional Chinese: 中華人民共和國教育部; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó Jiàoyùbù), formerly Ministry of Education, Central People's Government from 1949 to 1954, State Education Commission from 1985 to 1998, is headquartered in Beijing. It is the agency of the State Council which regulates all aspects of the educational system in mainland China. This includes compulsory basic education, vocational education and tertiary education.

The ministry certifies teachers, standardizes curriculum and textbooks, establishes standards and generally monitors the entire education system in an effort to "modernize China through education". It stresses technical education over more esoteric subjects.

After the restructure of the State Council in 1998, the State Education Commission became the Ministry of Education.


List of Chief Officers

Minister of Education, Central People's Government

  • Ma Xulun (马叙伦): October 1949-November 1952

Minister of Education

  • Zhang Xiruo (张奚若): November 1952-February 1958
  • Yang Xiufeng (杨秀峰): February 1958-February 1964
  • Liu Jiping (刘季平): acting, February 1964 - October 1964
  • He Wei (何伟): October 1964- June 1966

Director of the Group of Education and Sciences (科教组组长)

  • Liu Xiyao (刘西尧) : July 1966

Minister of Education

  • Zhou Rongxin (周荣鑫): January 1975- April 1976
  • Liu Xiyao (刘西尧): January 1977-February 1979
  • Jiang Nanxiang (蒋南翔): February 1979-May 1982
  • He Dongchang (何东昌): May 1982-June 1985

Chairman of State Education Commission (教委主任)

  • Li Peng (李鹏): June 1985-April 1988
  • Li Tieying (李铁映): April 1988-March 1993
  • Zhu Kaixuan (朱开轩): March 1993-March 1998

Minister of Education

  • Chen Zhili (陈至立): March 1998-March 2003
  • Zhou Ji (周济): March 2003-November 2009
  • Yuan Guiren (袁贵仁): November 2009-(incumbent)

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