On March 3, the first Saturday of the new school year, a total of 184 Jeju schools switched to a five-day school week. For the first time there were no Saturday classes for 108 elementary, 43 middle, 30 high schools, and three special schools for the handicapped.
However, according to a Jeju Provincial Education of Office announcement, many Saturday programs will be offered for students. It said 87 elementary, 38 middle, and 27 high schools will organize programs including art and physical education classes to some 8,000 students. Eighty-two elementary schools will also expand their babysitting services for young students that used to be organized only on weekdays.
A variety of education organizations are also stepping up to offer various programs for students. For example, the Jeju International Education and Information Institute will open on Saturdays and provide its study room and library to students. They will screen a movie at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Jeju National Museum is organizing concerts, musicals, plays, performances, and movie screenings on Saturdays from March to June.
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