All levels of Education in Greece are overseen by the Ministry of Education, which exercises centralised control over state schools, by mandating the curriculum, appointing staff and controlling the distribution of funding. The ministry also exercises supervisory control over private schools in Greece.
No end in sight for Greek austerity
From 2009-2013 educational spending has been decreased by 33%, and an additional 14% cut will be implemented in the years to follow until 2016.
Still in 2013 the ministry plans to reduce the number of full-time and substitute teachers by more than 87%. There will be an increase in teaching hours in 2013, an increase in the pupil to teacher ratio, and teachers will be re-routed from previously permanent posts.
According to a recent draft law of the Ministry of Education, pupil performance will be used to evaluate teachers' performance in the class room. This, compounded with the above-stated plans, will inevitably lead to the destruction of teacher working conditions, and ultimately the profession itself.
In 2012, with economic downturn entering its fifth year, Greece faced an unemployment rate of over 21 per cent for all job-seekers, with over half of those aged 15-24 unable to find work in the country. Austerity measures reduced the minimum wage for government workers and resulted in 150,000 people being laid off.
The austerity measures introduced to reign in the budget deficit, and to meet the requirements of the EU-backed bailout, have resulted in nearly 25 per cent cuts in public spending on college education. Since 2009, budgets for Greek higher education have been cut by 23 per cent, meaning no funding was available for basic needs such as heating of educational facilities.
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