read today that North Korea's "Dear Leader," Kim Jong-il has decreed that university students in the Hermit Kingdom will quit their studies for the next 10 months and do something useful for a change.
Universities closed on Monday and except for foreign exchange students (Really? Where are they from, I wonder?) and those who are about to graduate, students are being trundled off to agricultural and factory jobs. The goal is to have the nation's nearly-dead economy back on its feet by 2012, the year of the 100th anniversary of the DPRK's founding.
Although I doubt that North Korea's universities have much to offer by way of higher education, it's hard to imagine that shutting them down will have any but short-term benefits, and may well have long-term consequences that will further damage the economy. It's suggested that the real reason for the shut-down is that students were planning some kind of resistance movement, which the government hopes to preempt by closing the schools and dispersing the potential trouble-makers.
My suggestion would be to decrease the size of military officers' hats. Look at the size of those things. They could make some very stylish pirate hats with folded newspapers and save a lot of money in the process.