MPs want to scrap school grades for con­duct

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Twenty-eight law­mak­ers in the rul­ing SYRIZA party say that the grad­ing of stu­dents’ con­duct at school on re­port cards is an anachro­nism that should be abol­ished.

In a let­ter to Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Costas Gavroglou, the left­ist deputies said grad­ing the con­duct of stu­dents at pri­vate and public high schools was leg­is­lated many decades ago “dur­ing po­lit­i­cally volatile times” with du­bi­ous in­ten­tions.

It was os­ten­si­bly in­tro­duced, they claim, on ped­a­gog­i­cal grounds, but in re­al­ity it was used as a means to “stig­ma­tize and ter­ror­ize stu­dents.”

“This mea­sure was used to marginal­ize stu­dents, many times due to their ideas, their ac­tiv­i­ties, their re­li­gion, skin color etc,” the law­mak­ers said, call­ing the prac­tice an “af­front to our civ­i­liza­tion and our youth.”

Al­though con­duct grad­ing has been mostly dis­carded by the ma­jor­ity of schools around the coun­try over the last four decades, the law­mak­ers say a small mi­nor­ity of public and pri­vate schools are keep­ing it alive, they in­sist, in or­der to com­pen­sate for ed­u­ca­tional in­ad­e­qua­cies or to per­son­ally pun­ish a stu­dent not to their lik­ing.

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