Greek Education Ministry under pressure to meet targets


Representatives of Greece’s lenders are putting pressure on the country’s Education Ministry for failing to make progress on a set of reforms agreed under the country’s bailout agreements, Kathimerini understands.

Speaking after a meeting with representatives of the institutions in Athens, a senior ministry official told Kathimerini that “a clash is unavoidable.”

Foreign officials have reportedly asked for an increase in minimum weekly working hours, a rise in the minimum number of pupils per class and the introduction of a performance evaluation system for teaching staff.

The latest education report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found Greece being well below the OECD average in the number of teaching hours per year in general lower secondary education.