To­ward equal­ity in ed­u­ca­tion

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Ac­cord­ing to avail­able ev­i­dence, the idea to in­crease the value-added tax on pri­vate school fees to 23 per­cent came from the Greek gov­ern­ment. The mea­sure has not yet been signed into law and there is still hope that rea­son will pre­vail. Af­ter all, the left­ist-led ad­min­is­tra­tion’s soft spot for ide­o­log­i­cally loaded sym­bol­ism has pro­duced noth­ing but havoc over the past six months. About 6 per­cent of the coun­try’s pupils go to pri­vate schools – and they are by no means all from rich fam­i­lies. Many mid­dle-class fam­i­lies have been mak­ing eco­nomic sac­ri­fices to be able to send their chil­dren to the usu­ally bet­ter-equipped pri­vate schools. It would be more ap­pro­pri­ate if the gov­ern­ment were to make an ef­fort to im­prove con­di­tions at public schools, in­stead of seek­ing to un­der­mine pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions by means of ex­cess tax­a­tion. Now that would be a step closer to equal op­por­tu­ni­ties in ed­u­ca­tion.

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