Primary school teacher accuses principal of censorship

A primary school music teacher has accused her principal of preventing her from using a song by one of Greece’s most renowned composers, Manos Hatzidakis, in her class because it was unpatriotic.

The song in question is called “Kemal” and was written by Hatzidakis in 1968 when he was living in New York and was inspired by a chance meeting with a young immigrant.

The original lyrics to the song were in English but later poet Nikos Gatsos wrote words for it in Greek.

The teacher said the principal reacted after a parent’s complaint and accused the education of promoting Muslim propaganda.

The teacher shared her experience on Facebook but when contacted by Kathimerini said she did not want to give any more details but hoped that there could be a collective response to this form of censorship.