Gov't Develops Textbooks for N.Korean Defectors

The Education Ministry has come out with textbooks aimed at helping North Korean defectors adapt to school in South Korea. The books will be distributed to schools in March.

The ministry on Monday said the eight textbooks were developed in conjunction with the Korea Educational Development Institute. They will be used in schools that teach North Korean defectors, including one run by the Hanawon resettlement center.

The textbooks explain foreign words that have made their way into South Korean usage and describe practices in the South that are not common in the North. Also featured are explanations of the market economy and human rights.

A ministry official said the government plans to bring out more specialized texts so that they can serve as the "framework of education after reunification."

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 21, 2014 11:03 KST