Shortage of free preschool places to hit thousands
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.