Lack of funds means se­vere teacher short­ages at schools

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The new aca­demic year will be­gin in Septem­ber with short­ages at Greek schools, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry sources ad­mit­ted to Kathimerini yesterday.

The short­ages will be due to no per­ma­nent hir­ings hav­ing been made and only a few sub­sti­tute teach­ers be­ing taken on.

It is es­ti­mated that there are be­tween 24,000 and 26,000 va­cant teach­ing po­si­tions at Greece’s schools but that the funds avail­able from the Euro­pean Union-sub­si­dized Na­tional Strate­gic Ref­er­ence Frame­work, also known as ESPA, will only stretch to fill­ing about 12,000 of these.

So far, no money has been al­lo­cated from the na­tional bud­get for hir­ings at schools. How­ever, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry sources be­lieve some funds will be made avail­able – at least to en­sure that pri­mary schools have enough teach­ers. The min­istry ex­pects to have a clearer pic­ture about hir­ings and short­ages at the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber.

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