But the schools are no longer a guaranteed route to elite universities, sources say.
The shelling comes amid ongoing joint South Korea-US drills in the region.
Students are 'disgruntled' by the instructions, a source says.
North Koreans shell out hundreds of yuan for China-smuggled cloth for ‘hanbok’ dresses.
Authorities and shipping companies must be more vigilant in enforcing sanctions, it says.
Authorities have arrested guards along the route the 'spy' allegedly traveled, a source says.
They use the smuggled radios to access foreign news and cultural programming.
Some voice concerns over the fairness of the exams and potential problems for traveling to exam sites.
A voluminous U.N. inquiry report finds massive rights abuses in North Korea.
The move is part of a relentless crackdown on allies of Jang Song Thaek.
A new system will require households to sell skins from their slaughtered animals to the authorities, sources say.
The changes dampen military exercises and delay cadre replacements in the ruling party.
A North Korea expert says Pyongyang must re-examine its assumptions about its current situation.
Growth in the sector could ‘fundamentally alter’ the state.
But parents are skeptical about the state’s ability to care for their kids.
An RFA reporter documents the differences in treatment provided to Chinese and other foreign tourists in the 'Hermit Kingdom.'
Officials use family donations of clothing and food to keep prisoners alive for work in the mines.