Luo Zongyi, spokesman of the Central Party School
A senior official of the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee denied that the venue for training senior Party officials is "a social platform".
At a rare press conference on Tuesday, Li Jingtian, vice-president of the Central Party School, was asked to comment on criticism over whether senior Party officials actually study there.
The Central Party School is the main educational institution for the training of senior Party officials from across the country, such as provincial governors and ministers. It is also the think tank for decision making in the CPC, as well as a theoretical research institute.
However, rumors have circulated that some officials brought their secretaries in to attend classes and write theses on their behalf, while they themselves made use of the school as a platform to "meet people, make acquaintances, have a good meal and have a good rest".
Refuting the rumors, Li said the school has yet to find a single incidence of an official who brought a secretary to the school, though banquets are occasionally held.
"The Central Party School is not secluded from the outside world. It will also be affected by unhealthy trends in society, but we want to serve as a purifier to cleanse our students' minds and souls," he said.【1】 【2】 【3】