Ac­ri­mony as school flag cer­e­mony scrapped

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With con­tro­versy still swirling around the left­ist-led gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to scrap the tra­di­tion of hon­or­ing top pri­mary school pupils by al­low­ing them to carry the na­tional flag in school pa­rades, the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry yes­ter­day in­vited fresh crit­i­cism from the con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion af­ter abol­ish­ing the monthly cer­e­mony of rais­ing the Greek flag and singing the na­tional an­them at pri­mary schools.

In com­ments to Skai yes­ter­day, New Democ­racy vice pres­i­dent Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis said the gov­ern­ment – po­lit­i­cally dam­aged by aus­ter­ity pol­icy – was try­ing to shore up its left­ist cre­den­tials. “SYRIZA has been vot­ing one mem­o­ran­dum af­ter the other and slash­ing pen­sions, and thus needs to re­mind its par­ti­san au­di­ence that it is still a left-wing party,” said Ge­or­giadis. Pri­mary schools tra­di­tion­ally hold a flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony be­fore class on the first Mon­day of ev­ery month. Ac­cord­ing to a pres­i­den­tial de­cree, the flag will re­main hoisted, as is stan­dard prac­tice on public build­ings. Adding to the con­tro­versy, ND MP Nik­i­tas Kak­la­ma­nis said that an ear­lier ver­sion of the de­cree in­cluded the abo­li­tion of morn­ing assem­bly prayers – which was averted. The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry re­buffed the al­le­ga­tion.

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