The Greek Education Ministry has compiled a questionnaire that it has sent out to schools all over the country in order to gauge the seriousness of claims that there has been a rise in bullying and schoolyard violence in the past few years.
Deputy Culture Minister Theodoros Papatheodorou drafted the questionnaire following the recent establishment of an Observatory for the Prevention of Violence in Schools in the wake of reports from schools that they have seen an increase in bullying.
The questionnaire has been sent to all schools with orders that it be completed by students by April 25. It has also been posted on the ministry’s website with instructions to school principals to help pupils complete it.
The questionnaire is aimed at middle- and high-school students and contains general questions regarding pupils’ family status, as well as more pointed ones such as whether or not they feel safe at school. Pupils are also asked whether they have ever fallen victim to physical or verbal violence, or whether they have ever physically or verbally assaulted a peer, and if so, why.