In preparation for adopting a five-day school week in 2003, an advisory council to the education minister submitted a midterm report Monday urging fewer mandatory classes in the fundamental subjects to create additional room for general studies that foster humanity, creativity, originality and international awareness.

In its report, the Curriculum Council urges a reduction in classroom hours spent on mandatory subjects in secondary schools and instead urges more emphasis on studies such as foreign languages, social welfare and the environment.

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