Par­ents op­pose lot pick for school pa­rade flag-bear­ers

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The par­ents of seven star pupils have taken re­course to the Coun­cil to State to op­pose a mea­sure in­tro­duced ear­lier this year by Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Costas Gavroglou for the flag-bearer in school pa­rades on na­tional hol­i­days to be selected by lot. In the com­plaint filed with the coun­try’s high­est ad­min­is­tra­tive court, the par­ents ar­gue that the mea­sure is un­con­sti­tu­tional as it was guided by ide­o­log­i­cal prin­ci­ples, and was not the sub­ject of a re­form in­tro­duced due to pop­u­lar de­mand or so­cial ne­ces­sity. Gavroglou had said that the de­ci­sion for the flag-bearer to be cho­sen by lot rather than on the ba­sis of aca­demic per­for­mance was to make the process fairer.

The is­sue came to the fore­front at the Oc­to­ber 28 Ochi Day pa­rade, when an Athens school re­jected the name drawn for flag-bearer, that of an Afghan boy who had been at the school for just a few months. He was in­stead al­lowed to carry a sign with the school’s name on it while another child car­ried the flag.

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