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  • N. Korean Kids Learn From Home Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Elementary school children in Pyongyang are seen wearing masks during class to protect against COVID-19 in this photo released by North Korean state-run media on Nov. 4, 2020. (Photo: Yonhap News)
Elementary school children in Pyongyang are seen wearing masks during class to protect against COVID-19 in this photo released by North Korean state-run media on Nov. 4, 2020. (Photo: Yonhap News)
North Korea appears to be enforcing home classes for elementary school students amid nationwide anti-coronavirus efforts.

According to a report Thursday by Uriminzokkiri, a state-run propaganda website, elementary school teachers in Pyongyang are visiting the homes of their students every three days for lessons.

The website said, "As the children's vacation continues, a new visiting education program has started in our homes," adding that it has been implemented in all districts and wards where there are kids.

North Korea extended winter vacation for students until early June amid the global spread of COVID-19, and the report suggests it has also extended the summer break by delaying the start of the fall semester.

The Korean Central News Agency also reported that education materials were being provided through TVs and computers for elementary, middle and high school students in the capital.

The North claims to be coronavirus-free but has taken tough measures including closing its borders to prevent an outbreak on its soil.
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