Primary school pupils in North Korea finally returns to classrooms

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Primary school children in a class at Hasin primary school, Pyongyang

Primary school pupils in North Korea returned to their classrooms on Wednesday, after months of delays to the start of the new term, AFP reports.

While Pyongyang has not confirmed a single case of coronavirus, it had nevertheless imposed strict rules to curb its spread, including closing its borders and ordering thousands into isolation.

The new school term was originally scheduled to start in early April but was repeatedly postponed. Some universities and high schools were allowed to resume classes in mid-April.

Uniformed students made their way to their schools on Wednesday morning, all wearing red commemorative flowers and face masks. At an elementary school in Pyongyang pupils wearing backpacks had their temperatures checked as they arrived for lessons.

In the classroom they lined up to wash their hands using water from red buckets before taking their seats.

“You have to rub your hands,” the teacher told them.

Students wore their masks in class but sat close together as they diligently listened to their teacher – also wearing a face covering – talk about the North’s leadership, maths and other topics.

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