N. Korea raises compulsory schooling period to 12 years from 11
PYONGYANG (AP) - North Korea's parliament passed a law on Tuesday adding one more year to compulsory education in the socialist nation in the first policy change under leader Kim Jong Un made public by state media.
Deputies to the Supreme People's Assembly convened in the capital, Pyongyang, for the second time in six months - a notable departure from the once-a-year pattern of sessions under late leader Kim Jong Il.
The session is being watched closely for signs of policy changes under new young leader Kim Jong Un, who took over as leader after his father's December death.
Parliament voted to extend state-sponsored schooling to 12 years from the previous 11, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Mr Kim was among those attending the session, KCNA said.