System of All-people Learning
One June day in 2013 Kim Jong Un, First Chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, visited the Pyongyang Condiment Factory. When he dropped in at a distance-learning lecture room, he happened to meet the rector of the Distance Learning College of the Kim Chaek University of Technology, who had developed programs of video-based real-time question-and-answer activity and real-time academic discussion. (The general manager of the factory introduced him.) With a beaming smile on his face, Kim Jong Un listened to the rector who said that in the distance-learning lecture room the employees of the factory, after their daily work, could attend lectures given by teachers of the university, ask what they couldn’t understand and have an exam using abovementioned programs, and that they could cover the whole course of education.
Now Kim Jong Un praised it is an excellent program of distance-learning management, when the rector explained that in the distance-learning lecture room, Risang, a site for distance learning, is employed to evaluate the students’ performance—the numbers of lectures they attend, the extent of their understanding at lectures and the result of their examinations—so as to decide their rankings. Kim Jong Un said the distance learning in the lecture room may be called system of all-people learning. He advised that science and technology should be closely combined with production by bringing education to shopfloor, and that in order to be an honourable member of a civilized socialist nation everybody should be well-informed by studying hard.
A dozen days later, the leader emphasized that they should go ahead under the banner of making all people well-versed in science and technology as required by the present era when science and technology are predominating.