Teachers strike in Greece over new education law

Athens, Oct 11 (EFE).- Greek primary and high school teachers went on a strike Monday to protest a new education law that makes the evaluation of teachers and schools in the country compulsory.

Some 5,000 teachers marched to the parliament in Athens denouncing the law they believe will put schools in categories and force the closing down of those with poor evaluations.

They also criticized the recent law that restricts their right to walk off the job, as well as the decision of the Greek government to increase the student-teacher ratio in order to compensate for a teacher shortage.

Ninety-five percent of the Greek teachers have voiced their rejection of the new law, according to the teachers’ unions.

However, the government sees that only a minority opposes the law and, according to spokesman Ioannis Ikonomou, 6,100 of the 13,000 schools in Greece have already applied this system.

Besides Athens, the strike has extended to other Greek cities such as Thessaloniki, the country’s second-largest.

In Athens, some 1,500 students took to the streets in support of the strike and to demand more protection against the coronavirus.EFE


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