North Korea triples kids’ exposure to government propaganda under new curriculum

North Korea has tripled the amount of propaganda taught to pre-school children.

Youngsters are to spend half their school day learning about tubby tyrant Kim Jong-Un under new orders handed down by his sister.

The new curriculum says half of the three hours preschoolers spend in class must take up "Greatness Education".

Previously, the children would only spend half an hour on the subject which focuses on Kim and his two predecessors' upbringing.

But the dictator's sister, Kim Yo Jong, has reportedly tripled the requirement under new rules brought in late last month.

A source claimed the emphasis of classes has also moved from the leader's father, Kim Jong Il, and his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, to the leader himself.

They said: "What is being taught in Greatness Education has changed somewhat.

"The amount of time spent on the Supreme Leader's childhood is now twice that spent on his father's and grandfather's childhoods."

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This is despite both Kim and his sister – who is touted as his potential successor – being schooled out of the secretive state in Switzerland.

In the lessons, the children apparently learn that Kim Jong-un was a bright child who "rode a yacht, did target practice, and liked to read', as well as learning "revolutionary" music.

The source in North Hamgyong Province, close to the Chinese border, said parents and teachers were concerned that kids would now begin their next level of schooling at a disadvantage.

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They told South Korea's Daily NK newspaper: "The kids are almost at the point of becoming elementary school students.

"So parents tend to ask teachers to focus on studying the alphabet.

"The increase in time spent on the leaders, however, leaves less time for alphabet study, so parents will be unhappy."

The source added that schools will have to cover the costs of "sprucing up" classrooms so the new curriculum could be taught in style.

It's sparked speculation that already-stretched parents will be asked to chip in for renovations.

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The source said: "Many parents are consequently wondering to themselves whether it might be better just to teach their kids at home."

Ray Cunningham, from Homer, Illinois, has visited several North Korean schools over the course of several trips there.

Photos from these visits show that tanks and warplanes are made out to be fun.

Meanwhile school murals glorify missiles and depict graphic violence against US troops.

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Mr Cunningham has previously described how the worst of the brainwashing seemed to be saved for the youngest kids.

He said: "The younger school children are the ones that are given more of this indoctrination.

"They bring them in at age three to four and they really learn the litany.

"And there are parables that they learn about like the parable of the boot – that Kim Jong Il's friends didn't have boots, and his mother gave him a pair of boots, but he rejected those because his friends didn't have any, and now all the schoolchildren have boots.

"There are lots of little stories that are told that are so apocryphal they're crazy but you see them in every school that you go to."

North Korean preschoolers typically attend from 9am to noon, and also have time set aside for physical education, play and studying the Korean alphabet.

But there's little hope that schoolchildren can escape the cult of personality which surrounds the leaders.

Even portraits of the leaders are revered – to the degree that people can be punished for not taking proper care of them.

For example, reports emerged earlier this year that a North Korean mum faced the gulag after saving her children from a house fire instead of two paintings of the leaders.

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