Children of Korea

School Runs Dozens of Hobby Groups

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Mirae Primary School in Phyongchon District of Pyongyang under Kim Hyong Jik University of Education runs 40-odd extracurricular groups that are divided into different fields including intelligence, art and sports.

“We are going to find out and develop diverse aptitudes and likings of our pupils,” said Pak Un Gyong, headmistress of the school.

The school started to operate the groups with the beginning of winter vacation in early this year.

It classified pupils into three categories according to their level and included frontrunners in certain hobby groups in the first category, those who lag behind in the second category, and newcomers from other groups in the third category.

Even in the same group, different curricula are implemented and education level differs.

Such hobby groups with many applicants as vocal music, art of speaking and foreign languages are divided into several small groups so that teachers can teach many pupils without imposing heavy physical burdens on young pupils.

A math group for those with low scholarly performance is also in operation at the school.

In the group reviews are done and lessons to which necessary contents have been added are given to meet the levels of the pupils, eliciting a positive response from their parents.

Other schools are following the school’s way of operating hobby groups.

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