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Greek Teacher's Union Slams Gov't over Livestreaming of Classes

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A teacher and students of the final year of high schools wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, attend a class following the reopening of high schools, in Athens, on Monday, May 11, 2020. (Orestis Panagiotou/Pool via AP)

ATHENS — A national teachers’ union in Greece says a government decision to livestream school classes could violate children’s privacy rights and should be revised.

Classes for the final year of high school reopened Monday, with lower grades to follow next week. The livestreaming allows teachers to rotate student attendance and keep classrooms at 50% capacity or below.

Stelios Petsas, a government spokesman, said the online class coverage would remain in effect, noting that the Greek independent Data Protection Authority “had been consulted and provided written consent.”

Greece’s COVID-19 death toll remained at 151 Monday with no new fatalities being reported since Saturday. Ten new cases brought the confirmed total to 2,726, the Health Ministry said.