A total of 6,367 graduates have applied to take the first teacher recruitment exams under the new system for appointing teachers, the education ministry said on Monday.
The deadline for paying the exam fees was Monday at 2pm while the exams for appointments to all state schools – pre-primary, primary, secondary and technical schools – will be held in November.
According to the ministry, 80 per cent of applicants are young graduates up to 35 years old, most of whom would not have been able to get a job under the present system which appoints teachers for public schools by waiting lists.
“It is expected that on average one in eight (12.5 per cent) of candidates will be appointed, permanently or on contract,” the statement said.
The probability of recruitment in primary schools is 20 per cent, while in secondary schools one out of 12 or 8.5 per cent will be employed.
The legislation passed this year provides that from September 2018 until August 31, 2027, 50 per cent of appointments will be made from the waiting lists and 50 per cent according to the new system. From September 2027 onward, all appointments will be made based on merit.
New regulations were added to a law passed in 2015 which was hotly contested by teacher unions before a compromise solution which allowed for the gradual implementation of the reforms during the next ten years was reached.
The education ministry has already announced the material on which candidates will be tested. The new appointment system will take into consideration each candidate’s exam results, his or her university degree grade, additional academic qualifications, and teaching experience.
Educators from all EU member states are entitled to apply as long as they speak Greek, thus giving an advantage to teachers from Greece.