Schools to extend extracurricular classes until 8 p.m. for first graders

South Korea on Monday unveiled plans to extend hours for primary schools’ extracurricular classes and make the classes available at all schools to make commuting parents’ life routines more logistically and financially sustainable.

The government has allocated a budget of 1.17 trillion won ($879 million) for this year, more than double the amount earmarked for last year, to allow any first grader to register for the extracurricular program later this year, dubbed Neulbom School.

Up to two hours every day will be provided for free for the first graders, who typically finish school around 1 p.m. Parents will be able to enrol their children in extended classes up to 8 p.m., for a fee.