Korean schools to decrease days in school year while keeping total hours the samePosted: July 17, 2011
All elementary, middle and high schools in Korea are expected to adopt a five-day school week system starting next year. According to a report in Arirang, Korea’s Global TV, schools in Korea currently alternate between five-day and six-day school weeks, with a total of 205 days in the school year; however the annual hours are only 885–less than the school hours in many other countries.
This indicates that Korea has room for improvement in terms of managing school hours more efficiently while students are in class.
When the shortened school week goes into effect the number of school days per year will be reduced but the required school hours will remain the same.
And this is arousing fears among citizens that students may be burdened with a heavier study load during weekdays and on the weekends.