Schools to get experimental

An Education Ministry initiative, to be discussed today at a Cabinet meeting, aims to establish dozens of «experimental schools» at the primary and secondary level that will work closely with state universities. The schools will be linked to several departments of the universities they are paired with and will broadly follow the national curriculum though they will be encouraged to use innovative material and to practice alternative teaching techniques. In the case of the secondary schools, pupils will have to pass an entrance examination. For the primary schools, there will be a draw-based selection. According to the ministry, the aim is for the schools «to become workshops for the reform of the Greek education system.» The initiative follows a similar project, abolished in 1985, which saw the operation of so-called «prototype schools» alongside regular state schools.