Being A Student In North Korea: 2016 vs 2017 – What Has Changed?

The education system within North Korea is extremely important for the country because key Korean teachings are distributed through education. Students are actively encouraged towards subjects in science or technology which equips them with the required skills to pursue careers as a technician, scientist or employee that the government can use to help the country work toward its objectives.
The literacy rate for those aged fifteen and over is 100%. Children start school with a year in nursery followed by four years in primary education, six years of secondary education and then university.

Beyond formal education, social education is actively delivered. This includes family life and extra-curricular activities in society. Social education is to create a controlled environment in which children are protected from unplanned influences.

Accommodation is basic and studies are likened to the military. Education is very regimented and structured. Higher education institutions in North Korea include universities and colleges as well as teacher training colleges. Each university within North Korea must receive a number of discharged soldiers or workers who have been employed for a period of no less than five years.

University education in North Korea is restricted, with only one out of every five or six students being admitted. The regime is strict, and even employees are expected to participate in study sessions each day after work, undertaking study for two hours in political and technical subjects.

The education system in North Korea has been established to develop children into exceptionally talented individuals who belong to an elite class. The revolutionary school is provided for students at the age of 5, and it lasts 10 years.

There are three types of schools that students can choose:
Arts and sports attended by children between the age of 6 and 18
Foreign language attended by students between the age of 10 and 18
Science schools attended by students between the age of 10 and 21

These three schools ensure that everyone has access to education, contributing to the country’s exceptional literacy rate. Schools mould students into becoming productive employees who can contribute to the achievement of the country’s goals.



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