12:50 GMT +318 November 2019
Listen Live
    Greece will not be able to open dozens of schools across the country due to a lack of teaching staff.

    Dozens of Schools in Greece to Stay Closed Despite Start of New School Year

    © AFP 2019 / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
    Europe
    Get short URL
    0 54
    Subscribe

    Greece will not be able to open dozens of schools across the country due to a lack of teaching staff.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Greece will not be able to open dozens of schools and kindergartens across the country due to a lack of teaching staff despite the scheduled start of the new school year, local media reported Thursday.

    The new school year begins in Greece on Friday, but because of insufficient funding Athens cannot pay salaries to the required number of teachers.

    “In Iraklio in Crete, 16 elementary schools and 23 kindergartens will not be opening,” Vassilis Papayiannis, a representative of the Central Board of Primary Education, said, as quoted by the Greek Ekaterimeni newspaper.

    The newspaper also reported on problems in the southern Greek region of Laconia, where schools have resorted to inviting volunteers to teach classes.

    The Greek authorities allocated additional resources, from the European Union and public investment funds, to hire additional teachers and attract more volunteers but they were unable to fill all the gaps.

    The ongoing staff crisis in the Greek education system resembles last year, when there was a shortage of some 12,000 teachers in Greece before the beginning of the new school year.

    Related:

    Bitcoin ATMs to Hit Greece as Trust in Banks Disappears
    Over 5,000 Migrants Cross Aegean Sea Into Greece Daily - Watchdog
    Eurogroup to Meet Sept. 12 to Assess Economic Recovery of Greece, Cyprus
    Tags:
    teacher, salary, crisis, schools, Greece
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik