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Cabinet Discusses Education Reforms, Wildfire Damage

A new draft bill by the Ministry of Education which proposes changes in secondary education was the main topic discussed in a cabinet meeting on Monday, chaired by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
During the meeting, Education Minister Kostas Gavroglou presented the reforms which propose extending compulsory education by two years -to include the first and second grade of Greece’s three-year high school- and also the third high school grade over the next two years. The government’s aim is for compulsory education- along with pre-school education-to increase to 14 years instead of nine.
Concerning entrance to universities and technical colleges, the bill proposes adding up the sum of the scores achieved in the exams (written, oral) and homework and the nationwide university entrance exams, but the contributing proportions will be the result of a consultation.
The cabinet also discussed the wildfires that raged around the country this summer and decided to establish stricter rules for burned land by designating and ordering their immediate reforestation and topping efforts to change the use of land in those areas.
The ministers also decided the swift implementation of anti-flooding and anti-erosion work.
(Source: ana-mpa)

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