Pri­vate schools see stu­dent num­bers shoot up, data show

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The num­ber of stu­dents en­rolled in Greece’s pri­vate mid­dle schools has shot up from 5,912 in the 2015-16 aca­demic year to 9,189 this year and in pri­vate high schools from 10,921 to 12,068, data pre­sented by New Democ­racy’s shadow min­is­ter for educ­tion showed yes­ter­day.

The data, from the Dio­fan­tos Com­puter Tech­nol­ogy and Pub­li­ca­tions In­sti­tute’s MyS­chool track­ing sys­tem, showed that this rise is more or less shared evenly be­tween all the dif­fer­ent grades.

“The ex­plo­sion in pri­vate school en­roll­ments at a time when the in­come of the av­er­age Greek fam­ily is shrink­ing is ev­i­dence of the de­cline of pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion re­sult­ing from the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sions,” con­ser­va­tive party of­fi­cial Max­i­mos Harakopou­los said.

The data, mean­while, also point to a small drop in the num­ber of pupils at pub­lic mid­dle schools from 272,697 in 2015-16 to 271,583 this year, and an in­crease at pub­lic high schools from 207,718 to 210,043.

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