Greek parents spend almost 1 billion euros a year on private tutoring for their children, either at home or at cramming schools, according to research published on Tuesday by the Network of Experts in the Social Sciences of Education and Training (NESSE).
NESSE, a European Commission-funded network of scholars working on social aspects of education and training, found that Greek families invest 952 million euros a year, or 18.6 percent of total household budgets, on tutoring.
This represents 20.1 percent of what the state spends on education each year. More than 50 percent of Greek pupils have private tutoring and their parents spend far more on this than any other families in the EU, the report found.
Spanish parents spend a combined 450 million euros on private lessons, while it costs Italians 420 million a year. NESSE observed a rise in the percentage of the family budget allocated to tutoring in Northern European countries such as Germany, Belgium and the UK, but the outlay is nowhere near the same as in Greece.