Children will be returning to an “upgraded school” in September, under new plans announced by Education Minister Niki Kerameos on Tuesday.
In the presence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Kerameos said her framework for the new type of school rested on four axes.
Firstly, “skills workshops” will be incorporated in the curriculum at all levels, an idea already piloted in 218 schools.
Secondly schools, will offer equal opportunities for all, enhancing equal access to education with a national action plan for people with learning difficulties.
Students will be able to avail of “alternative education pathways,” such as computer science and a range of vocational training and instruction.
Finally, the upgraded school would see the “strengthening” of the position of teachers in “a decentralized system, aiming at the autonomous and free school.”
“Think of a child that will start school in first grade in 2021, will finish school in 2033 and complete university studies in 2037,” said Mitsotakis. “We need to think of how the world will then be.”
Other key aspects in this most recent concept of what an education curriculum should do for students includes the reintroduction of the vocational guidance course in schools.
One in four students enrolled in a private vocational training institution is a public university graduate, noted Mitsotakis.
“Not everyone can and should go to university,” noted the premier. “There are creative professions too,” he highlighted.
Mitsotakis said that the new legislative framework for education would also provide for the evaluation of teachers.