SEOUL, April 28 (Korea Bizwire) – North Korea has started to offer a remote test system for students who take college entrance exams, according to North Korea’s state-run weekly, Tongil Sinbo.
The North Korean weekly quoted an official from the North Korean Committee for Education saying, “As a part of our education policy reforms, North Korea introduced a remote test system for college entrance exams.”
In the newly introduced system, students can complete their exams through North Korea’s national information network online. Prior to the development of the new system, students had to travel to designated venues to take the exam.
The North Korean official said, “The remote test system was partially introduced 5 or 6 years ago, and it will be adopted in all colleges and universities starting next year.”
According to the official, seven provinces in North Korea including Ryanggang-do, Jagang-do, North and South Hamkyong-do, North Pyongan-do and North Hwanghae-do, and 10 universities in Pyongyang including Kim Il-sung University and Kim Chaek University of Technology have already introduced the remote test system.
For instance, a student in northern Ryanggang-do can take the college entrance exam remotely through a computer network without making a costly visit to Pyongyang. The test results will also be sent to the student through the network.
The official added, “The remote test system can guarantee objectivity and fairness in measuring the academic abilities of the students. Also, it can show the test results right after the test has been completed.”
By John Choi (firstname.lastname@example.org)