Short­age of free preschool places to hit thou­sands

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Lo­cal of­fi­cials have warned that thou­sands of par­ents hop­ing to place their chil­dren in preschool come Septem­ber will have to be turned away be­cause of a lack of places.

Last year, some 75,000 chil­dren gained places at nurs­ery schools run by lo­cal author­i­ties and funded by a cen­tral gov­ern­ment pro­gram. There were ap­pli­ca­tions for more than 112,000 chil­dren. This year, lo­cal of­fi­cials ex­pect more than 120,000 ap­pli­ca­tions.

“If steps are not taken im­me­di­ately, there will be tens of thou­sands of chil­dren that will not have a place at preschool be­cause their par­ents can­not pay [pri­vate] fees,” Si­mos Dani­ilidis, the mayor of Sykies in Thes­sa­loniki, told Kathimerini.

Con­stanti­nos Filip­pidis com­petes in the men’s Pole Vault qual­i­fi­ca­tion dur­ing the Bei­jing 2015 IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Bei­jing, China, on Satur­day. Filip­pidis failed to qual­ify af­ter clear­ing a height of 5.55 me­ters, which left him in 25th place.

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