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Tutorial Schools Reduce Tuition Fees, in Times of Crisis & Tax Evasion

For some KTG readers, this may be an unknown aspect of the so-called “free education system” in Greece: The private tutorial schools for public high school students. A well-established system of tutorial classes that enables Greek students to pass exams and enter universities. A system that was established some decades ago for several reasons: 1) to absorb unemployed teachers 2) to supply students with knowledge when school classes were overcrowded and teachers were unable to cope with 45-50 children 3) to supply students with knowledge that was demanded to pass university exams, knowledge that was not provided at the public schools though.

Since decades, it has been unthinkable for a high school student targeting university entrance not to attend such tutorial classes. S/he had no chance to pass university exams. Only very brilliant students could do it, through studing alone.

This system has cost parents several thousands of euro per year. It had been calculated that a high school student had to attend such tutorial for at least two years to be able to come up with the exams demands.

Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, but also Ancient Greek and Latin, essay writing, text analysis, foreign languages: these were and are the main courses for which Greek parents pay approximately 4,000 euro per year to enable thier children become doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers, and teachers, even hospital or administrative personnel. Attending tutorial classes is a MUST.

Tutorial teachers are organized and have fixed prices for the services they offer to aspiring scientists and personnel of all kinds and of professional directions.

This year, the austerity year No 5, the Association of Tutorial Teachers decided to reduce the tuition fees by 15% as the economic crisis and the high unemployment does not hinder parents to push their children to university studies. Last year, tutition fees had dropped by 15%-20%.

An Association announcement on Tuesday gave the proposed tuition price list for the school year 2012-2013 and for each class of the high school.

 Annual  tuition for High School class C (the last school class before the exams) went down to 3,750 euro  from 4,070 euro in 2011.

For class B 3,060-3,560 euro depending on the science direction (philology or science)

For class A, 2,840 euro.

“Of course, every tutorial school can adhust these prices according to the needs,” added the Association statement.

Tax Evasion? Tax Evasion…

A friend of mine, with a teenager child to join the university entrance exams in May 2013, thought she would get a satisfying reduction, should she pay in advance the annual amount.  In August, i.e. before the tuition fees reduction, she paid a total of 3,200 euro to the tutorial school.

Assuming the tutorial classes last more or less 10 months,  the amount the school receives on monthly basis is 320 euro.

Two days ago, she got incredible angry, after she read the amount on the receipt issued by the school for September: 50 euro!

Of course, my friend would need the receipts for her own income tax declaration for next year. Now, she is considering to complaint for the school at the Finance Ministry.

I told her,  it’s not her duty to catch tax dodgers, but the duty of the state to change the mentality and catch and punish tax evaders. And make the taxation system more just.

PS If one adds the amounts paid for tutorial schools and the taxes spent on public schools and teaching personnel in order to give our children proper supplies for the future, the “free education” in Greece is not so free of charge, after all.

If you have time add the extra annual expenses you give to health care, medical and dental treatments per year (“fakelaki” included)

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4 comments

  1. What a rip off industry! Those exams should not cover what is not taught in the schools, simple as that. That is how it is where I live and the government tests, not just given at the end of high school but periodically starting from elementary school, are mainly to make sure all the schools are not teaching below certain standards. What if a family does not have the means even in ordinary economic times, then that family’s youngsters are discriminated against by the system. There are enough obstacles for young people as it is without the system creating more.

  2. I don’t know where you live Jean, but it obviously isn’t Greece, Ireland or the UK. In the latter two we have the “Grinds” system, and also some privately run “prep” schools aimed at getting kids ready for specific studies like Law. For a price, of course. Nice little earner for the teachers, and a very effective filter to keep the “undesirables” out. It also ensures no mavericks in the system who could possibly go and do unmentionable things like reform to get more equality or social justice. Just look at how much very necessary reform we have had over the last 20 years or so, and you’ll see just how effective it is!

  3. Only the elite will be able to send their children to a University….

    Although…. one of my friends told me that there is (or has been) a pilot for an online “frontistirio”, she spent loads of money on private lessons for maths for her daughter and then found out that there’s a website where kids can learn online, free. And much easier explained than by her teacher

    Still, as far as I know, they need to get their diploma from the frontistirio.

    • yes, there are online tutorials and some offer also free of charge for poor sutdents.
      Tutorials not only for those who wany to pass the Univ exams. Diploma from frontistirio? what diploma?