North Korea expands online education for workers: state media

SEOUL: North Korea is boosting online education at major universities as part of efforts to nurture “knowledge-type workers” with science and technology expertise, Pyongyang’s state media said on Monday.

The North’s main newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, said about 100,000 workers are currently enrolled in online courses across the country, including 10,000 newly enrolled this year, Yonhap news agency reports.

North Korea highlighted its efforts to develop the distance education system as a tool to help workers acquire “modern science and technology” needed in their workplaces, the newspaper said.

The North launched its first online education course 10 years ago at Kim Chaek University of Technology, with the number of students enrolling in such courses steadily increasing, according to the Rodong Sinmun.

“In any workplace, there are workers eager to contribute to the wealth and power of their homeland by learning more science and technology,” the newspaper said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has stressed the importance of science and technology for self-reliant economic development amid crippling sanctions against its nuclear and missile programs.

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