February 22, 2012 09:18
New history texts for junior high schools that will be used in the upcoming semester will include an entry about new North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Following the death of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in December last year, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology sent notices to publishers of high-school textbooks advising them to see if there are any areas of their books that need to be amended.
At present, 16 history textbooks are being used in junior and senior high schools in Korea. Six junior high school and three senior high school history texts say Kim Jong-il chose his son Kim Jong-un as his successor and was grooming him for the hereditary transfer of power. That portion has been changed to read Kim Jong-un "succeeded" his father.
A ministry spokesman said, "We amended the content because the death of Kim Jong-il is a historic fact, but parts of history texts that explain abstract concepts such as the North Korean regime or reunification were left unchanged."
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