Education Ministry announces reopening of kindergartens, elementary schools


On Monday evening Education Minister Niki Kerameus officially announced that kindergartens, elementary and special education schools in Greece would reopen as of January 11.

“The current conditions allow us to gradually start opening our schools on the basis of experts’ recommendations,” Kerameus said.

Kindergartens and primary schools will open first due to the “special psycho-emotional needs of our young pupils,” she said.

The safety measures will include random testing for pupils and teachers, as well as a staggered hours scheme to reduce congestion.

The reopening of high and senior high schools is to be reviewed in the coming days.

Remote learning for these pupils will resume on January 8.

Meanwhile, Education Ministry officials said that they plan to reduce the curriculum load that third-year senior high school students will be tested on in the nationwide end-of-year exams.