NEWS

Cramming for exams is costly for parents

Greek parents spend a total of almost 450 million euros on private tuition schools to prepare their teenage children for university entrance exams, according to figures made public yesterday. Research conducted over the last four years by the Greek Labor Academy and the Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) indicates that the average Greek family will spend 7,250 euros over two years so that their child can go to cramming school. Out of a total 449 million euros invested, 168 million, or 37.6 percent, is spent on private classes for students who fail to pass their university entrance exams. It is estimated that another 131.7 million euros is spent on classes for students the following year, as they attempt to pass the second time around. The authors of the study also drew attention to the fact that, on average, teenagers from rural areas and islands had the poorest exam results.