KCNA: “On-the-spot Study Groups Active in DPRK”
Part of North Korean citizens’ daily existence includes mandatory ideological study sessions known as hakseupban (학습반). These sessions take place once a week and topics covered include juche ideology, regime history, Marxism and so on. (See: North Korea: A Country Study and Thank You Father Kim Il Sung(PDF)). KCNA (1/23/08) is reporting that in addition to these weekly study sessions, “on-the-spot” study groups, or study groups that are held “while working,” are also becoming more common. Their purpose is:
developing reality in which the role of educated personnel is growing in the building of a great, prosperous and socialist power.
On-the-spot study groups are being operated in high gear in heavy and light industries, commerce and all other areas of the national economy.
KCNA claims that 220 such groups have been formed and 6500 people participate.