May 20, 2011 13:39
Entries about North Korea, which account for 10 percent of South Korean high school history textbooks, will be drastically cut to one-sixth of the present coverage by 2013.
Lee Tae-jin of the National Institute of Korean History told the Chosun Ilbo on Thursday, "There is too much information about North Korea in high school history textbooks, and we decided to first reduce it to one-third in the portion describing the country's history after independence from Japanese occupation in 1945."
The institute plans to cut the post-independence part from 22 percent of the textbooks to 10 percent. It will revise guidelines for high school history textbooks by the end of this year and review the updated versions in the second half of 2012.
Lee said the excessive accounts of North Korea have often prompted ideological conflict. "Describing modern Korean history by focusing on the conflict with North Korea and comparing the two sides has got in the way of efforts to properly teach students about economic development" of South Korea.
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