Eight out of 10 primary schools in Attica to offer all-day facilities

Eight out of 10 primary schools in Attica will operate on an all-day basis in the coming school year. Of the 1,054 primary schools in Attica, 864 will operate all day (82 percent). The main reason why not all the schools in Attica have gone over to the all-day system is that some of them operate on two shifts, so the school day cannot be extended until 4 p.m., as required in all-day schools. Of the 1,030 nursery schools in Attica, 552 (54 percent) will also operate on an all-day basis. As Kathimerini learned from the Attica Primary Education Directorate and from data provided by Dimitris Bratis, president of the Teaching Federation of Greece (DOE), demand for places at the all-day schools is high throughout all of Attica. In Kypseli, Kallithea, Pangrati, Nea Smyrni, Ambelokipi, Patissia, Halandri, Neo Psychico, Piraeus, Drapetsona, Palaio Faliron, Dafni and Brahami, the number of applications is more than double the number of places available. The fact that these areas are largely populated by people from the middle economic strata and families in which both parents work, indicates the social character of the enterprise.

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