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6000 Teachers Retire, 600 Are Appointed this School Year

According to an article of the Greek newspaper “Ta Nea”, Minister of Education Anna Diamantopoulou announced that for this school year, only 600 teachers will be appointed, while 6,000 will be retiring. In addition, the number of substitute teachers will be decreased by 50% in comparison with last year.
Mrs. Diamantopoulou assured that there will be no vacancies at schools. However, she warned that there will be mergers of 2000 schools and all the teachers will have full working hours, while strict criteria will be imposed for any demand of secondment. Controls will also take place to examine whether there is a surplus of teachers at some schools, as, the Minister claimed, they had discovered that some teachers only had 0-3 teaching hours.
Concerning the books, the Minister said that, by September 12, all the basic books will have arrived at schools and within 20 days, all the books will have been delivered.
This year, the new school programme will be applied in 180 high schools, which will include a smaller number of courses, with emphasis especially on physics, mathematics and language courses. Students will also have to make projects in groups, which will be taken into consideration for their final grade. Also, in 961 primary schools, extended school hours will be imposed.

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