BEIJING, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang had called for craftsmanship and innovation in developing vocational education.
Vocational schools should cultivate craftsmanship and encourage students to start businesses, said Li in a written instruction delivered to a competition of vocational students which started on Monday.
Vocational education is crucial to the transformation and upgrading of the real economy, in terms of strengthening the country's advantages in human resources, the premier said.
Vice Premier Liu Yandong, at the opening ceremony in Tianjin, called for vocational education to play a greater role in poverty reduction and offering more opportunities for youth.
Liu suggested vocational schools cover socialist core values throughout their curriculum.
The National Vocational Students Skills Competition has been held annually since 2008.