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Primary teachers threaten strike action

Primary teachers’ union POED on Tuesday threatened strike action unless the education ministry takes measures to solve the problems at state schools.

In an announcement, POED said the education ministry “ought to, without further delay, take all those political decisions to even gradually, resolve the educational problems” the union presented long time ago.

Teachers stress the necessity “to support children that exhibit increased learning disabilities in Greek and mathematics, and the prevention and management of delinquent behaviour, as early as pre-school education”. They also call for “appropriate support” for special-needs children.

In addition, they are asking for increased administrative time for elementary, kindergarten, and special schools’ management teams, with a simultaneous reduction of their teaching time for more “efficient administration and management of daily tasks”.

POED also asks that as regards staffing of schools, actual needs should be taken into account “for the benefit of the children”.

The issues, it said, have been discussed many times over the years with the education ministry. They added they expected to see soon “political decisions for their final resolution for the good of the children and education”.

If no progress is made by the ministry, POED said, they would proceed with measures, including strike action. It also warned that “the education ministry will bear sole responsibility for any inconvenience caused to schools by the start of the new academic year”.

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