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Expendable Classes? New Education Plan Could Further Sideline Art, Music and PE

June 11, 2009

Ahn Ji-eun, 18, is a stressed-out sophomore at an independent private boarding school in Hanam, Gyeonggi. Despite 16 months remaining before she takes the national college entrance exam, Ahn worries she needs more time.

But she was relieved to hear news that schools across the country will have greater autonomy over their own syllabus when a new law takes effect next year.

“Unlike other high schools, my school is performance-oriented and my friends and I expect more gukyeongsu classes,” said Ahn late at night last week after she’d finished her studies for the day. Gukyeongsu refers to Korean literature, English and math, the three major subjects. Students have a better chance of getting into a more prestigious college if they do well in the big three.

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