Teachers to protest reform

Teachers yesterday threatened strike action after failing to find common ground in talks with Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou, who earlier this week heralded a raft of proposed reforms ranging from changes to the way that teachers are hired to the abolition of a law setting a minimal grade for university entrance. The Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OLME), which is calling for full-time jobs to be granted to substitute teachers and their unemployed counterparts, is planning a 48-hour strike on May 5 and 6. The union’s leader, Dimitris Peppes, said the union is also considering further action later in May and June, which would seriously disrupt scheduled exams. Meanwhile, representatives of the Primary School Teachers’ Federation (DOE) told Diamantopoulou that they object to her proposed changes to the appointment of schoolteachers who henceforth can only be hired after sitting exams set by the Supreme Council for Personnel Selection (ASEP). DOE president Dimitris Bratis said his members would strike if the changes are implemented.

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