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Teachers unions to protest insufficient gov’t pandemic measures in schools

Three of Greece’s biggest umbrella union federations of teachers are staging a joint protest gathering at 17:00 at Syntagma Square on Wednesday, January 19. In an announcement, the teachers’ unions say that the government’s management of the coronavirus pandemic in schools over the last two years has failed to adequately …

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Teachers strike against assessments that threaten existence of public schools

Thousands of teachers marched in downtown Athens and other big Greek cities on Monday to protest the planned assessment by the Education Ministry that does not evaluate the teachers’ performance as such but also of the school unit. Teacher complain that the new assessment policy will turn schools into “business …

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Teachers to launch 24h strike to protest “mandatory evaluation” by Education Ministry

The Federation of Greek Primary Teachers (DOE) will launch a 24-hour strike for Monday, October 11, against the mandatory evaluation of teaching staff and schools. The teacher’s strike is a response to Education Ministry sought the court to cancel any planned strike. The court ruled that theachers’ strike were “illegal” …

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Lyceum students and teachers return to school; self-tests positivity 0.27%

Teachers and students of lyceums returned to schools on Monday morning after five and a half months of pandemic lockdown and just 5 weeks of in person education in the school year 2020-2021. In addition to mandatory mask and other protection measures, teachers and students had to have Covid-19 self-tests …

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Prosecutor investigates anti-masks parents who threaten teachers

Judicial authorities have intervened and investigate anti-masks parents who threaten teachers, just days before schools open in Greece on September 14. The use of face masks is compulsory for students and teachers. Teachers’ unions have denounced to judicial authorities that members have received threats including out of court documents by …

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Schools opening to be decided on Sept 1, says Education Minister

Teachers will return to schools on September 1, while classes are so far scheduled to begin on September 7, Education & Religion Minister Niki Kerameos said on Monday. She added however that the final decision on restarting classes will be announced on September 1, after families have returned from holidays …

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Protesting teachers clash with Greek police, get tear gassed

Riot police fired tear gas at striking teachers attempting to raid the Greek Parliament on Thursday. Holding sticks with red flags, members of the communist union first tried to reach the parliament building through the stairs of the Monument of the Unknown Soldier. When their attempts failed, they tried to …

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10,000 priests go from Greek state payroll, 10,000 civil servants come

“The agreement between the State and the Church frees 10,000 jobs for civil servants,” government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos told reporters during a regular press briefing on Wednesday. “This gives the opportunity to cover these places with the hiring of civil servants to cover needs of the social state, by hiring …

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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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Greek police fires tear gas at protesting teachers demanding jobs (picts,video)

Tension and tear gas at the protest organized by teachers in downtown Athens on Friday. The marched through the city center and at one point a big crowd attempted to reach the prime ministry mansion. As expected, riot police did not let protesters prevail and fired tear gas to disperse …

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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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