North Korea has implemented 12-year compulsory education since 2012. North Korean students have to complete high school.
Lin said with pride that North Korea attaches great importance to education. Students do not need to pay any tuition fees and can be allocated school uniforms and school supplies free of charge. As we all know, there is a lot of pressure on middle school students in China, and the phenomenon of making up lessons is very common. Many children make up lessons from primary school. Ask Lin Dao if Korean students will make up lessons. Lin Dao was very surprised to ask us why we need to make up lessons, and said that Korean students never make up lessons. The pressure of schoolwork is not great.
Korean primary and secondary school students have classes six days a week, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. After school in the afternoon, most of the students will take part in extracurricular activities, such as dancing, musical instruments and painting, which many girls love. Boys prefer sports. Although Korean students don't make up lessons, they love learning, and they study on their own initiative in their spare time. On the subway in Pyongyang, I have seen many students reciting with learning materials. In the night market of Pyongyang, I have seen students sitting on park benches reading books with street lights.
As in China, there are many key high schools in North Korea. For example, No.1 Middle School in Pyongyang, Mudanfeng middle school, Liujiu model middle school, etc. The middle school we visited is the 69 model middle school. Korean middle school students are not burdened with heavy schoolwork. Is the college entrance examination easy? Lin Dao's answer is that North Korea's college entrance examination is very fierce. According to Lin Dao, the full score of North Korea's college entrance examination is 5 points. If you want to enter a key university, you must reach more than 4.8 points. Korea's college entrance examination is held in March every year. Revolutionary history and foreign languages are compulsory subjects.
According to Lin, North Korean students must learn a foreign language before they go to university. English, Chinese and Russian are popular. The most popular foreign language in recent years is Chinese. Because learning Chinese well is very helpful for future work.