Greek Pupils: With Gloves and Scarves in Schools Due to Austerity

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Greek school children needs more than learning equipment: hats, gloves and scarves. Until the end of the winter, so that they can challenge the low temperatures in the classrooms. Daily TA NEA reports that in many schools the heating oil supplies have gone down this year and that oil tanks have little to offer.

State schools received 55% less money this year. School masters are forced to turn on the heating only for a few hours per day. Teachers complain that in some municipalities apart form the money there is a problem inf the functioning of the School Committees that take important decisions like buy heating oil. According to Nikos Papachristos, chairman of the Federation of Secondary Education Teachers, the association branch in Larissa warns ‘that there will be no heating oil in the schools of the area after 15 days. Papachristos revealed that many school masters turn on the heat on only for a few hours. “Where students do not freeze, they … tepefy.”

Teacher Costas Toulgaridis, who teaches in Porto Rafti town of Eastern Attika prefecture, said that “heating oil stocks in several elementary schools are marginal.”

Anastasia Tsoleridis, director of primary Education on the island of Lesvos stressed that iin recent days, she had received complains from 35 schools that “have little or no heating oil in the school tanks.” (TA NEA)

The Troika enforced reform concerning the municipalities governance - “Kallikratis Reform”- has caused several problems in the establishment of school committees.