‘All-day’ pri­mary schools may be sac­ri­ficed by gov’t

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The gov­ern­ment is con­sid­er­ing scrap­ping pri­mary schools with late clos­ing hours as part of its ef­forts to save money to cover teacher short­ages, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

The so-called “all-day” pri­mary schools start at 8.10 a.m. and al­low pupils to stay and en­gage in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties in the af­ter­noon if their par­ents can­not pick them up. State pri­mary schools that of­fer this ex­tended pro­gram now ac­count for 58 per­cent of pupils, or around 340,000 in ab­so­lute fig­ures.

How­ever, the gov­ern­ment is mulling the op­tion of re­vert­ing to nor­mal hours at these schools in or­der to be able to hire some of the teach­ers needed to cover an es­ti­mate 24,000 short­fall in pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion.

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