An advisory panel for the education minister on Monday proposed a plan to check classroom hours at all public elementary and junior high schools as part of working style reform for teachers.

The research is included in a set of emergency proposals to reduce the long working hours of teachers, which were submitted to education minister Keiko Nagaoka by the Central Council for Education.

Lessening the workload for teachers and reforming their working style is an "issue that must be worked on immediately," the council said in its proposals.