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Dozens of schools and kindergartens closed in Greece due to flu

One by one municipalities in Greece have ordered primary and secondary education schools and kindergartens to close as the seasonal flu is in full peak. Dozens of schools and kindergartens have been ordered to close until the weekend, as more and more toddlers, pupils and students have been infected by …

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Flu death toll in Greece increases to 13, several schools closed

Flu death toll has increased to 13 and several schools in Kalavryta and Samothraki were closed due to increased infections among pupils and students. According to a report of the National Public Health Organization published on Thursday, 13 people have died due to complications following a flu infection since the …

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Council of State rules “religion courses in schools only for Greek-Orthodox students”

The Council of State ruled on Friday that religion courses in primary and secondary education schools are exclusively “Greek-Orthodox.” The ruling cancels the previous content of religious books as it was decided by SYRIZA Education Minister Kostas Gavroglou and leads to re-writing of thousands of books. The Plenary of the …

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Education Ministry ends recording pupils’ faith and nationality

The Greek Education Ministry decided to comply with EU laws and it will end the practice of schools keeping records of the pupil’s faith and nationality on secondary education school diplomas and the ministry’s website “myschool.” The Ministry’s decision published on Tuesday comes two weeks after the Greek Data Protection …

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Politicians flock to schools for the traditional religious blessing

Politicians flocked to primary and secondary education schools on Wednesday morning and participated in the tradition of religious blessing marking the launch of the new school year. The President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, ministers and deputy ministers, they all showed their presence to pupils across the country. Prime …

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Greek Education Ministry bans mobile phones in schools

Greece’s Education Ministry bans mobile phones in primary and secondary education schools and the operation of security cameras during school working hours. According to a circular issued by Education Minister, Kostas, Gavroglou, teachers will be allow to carry mobile phones only for teaching purposes. The ministry prohibits the use of …

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Education Ministry seeks protection behind metal sheets but angry students….

High school students protesting outside the Education Ministry? “No, thanks!” said minister Kostas Gavroglou and barricaded the building gates and doors with metal sheets. Minister Gavroglou could not see the protesters and the protesters were hindered into looking inside the ministry.   However, the angry students were not bothered by …

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Florina: No money for heating oil in primary schools, pupils freeze

Hundreds of elementary school students in Florina have been siting in ice cold class rooms. They wear their coats, their woolen scarves and caps on and struggle to come through the school hours that have turned in to a torture. Reason: lack of funds means no heating oil. So the …

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Greece to hire 800 teachers to school 22,000 refugee children

Greece will hire hundreds of extra teachers to help thousands of migrant children join its public schools in the autumn, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday. “The inclusion of all refugee children in the public school system will begin in September,” Tsipras said in a televised address. “Around 800 …

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Greece legislates against Bullying after victim, 20, commits suicide

“Anyone who commits bullying will be punished with imprisonment of at least six months.” This is the reaction of the Greek government to the tragic death of the first “official” victim of bullying in the country, Vaggelis Giakoumakis. The 20-year-old student committed suicide last month being unable to bear further …

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Poll: 25% of Athens school children going hungry

Thousands of Greek school children face one of the toughest aspects of the economic crisis: starvation and hunger. Last week, teachers complained for one more time about pupils who faint in the class room due to starvation. The issue of children going hungry was raised for one more time during …

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500 high schools in occupation: students and parents … detained!

A wave of occupations by protesting students across the country has called in prosecutors and police in schoolyards. At the same time, Greek media report of detentions of students and even their parents, of preventive detentions for no actual reason and an incident of police violence against a high school …

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145,000 Greek school children in need of free meals

The economic collapse continues to threaten Greek households, with many families not being able to feed their children. Malnutrition reportedly affects more and more children, the number could be more than 100,000. According to daily Eleftheros Typos, 975 schools across the country have applied to be included into the program …

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