Defying Court, Greek Teachers Will Strike Over Evaluation Plan

ATHENS – Greece's teachers will ignore a court order prohibiting them striking in protest against a requirement their performance in class be evaluated as the the primary teachers’ federation (DOE) called a 24-hour strike for Oct. 11.

In a statement, DOE slammed the policy as “anti-pedagogical,” adding that it will have a “disastrous effect on public schools,” without explaining why a system to determine if teachers are competent and effective would harm education.

Teachers who fail their assessments or shown not to be up to speed in the classroom where the system prefers rote memorization instead of critical thinking and teaching won't face punishment, only remedial training.

The New Democracy government has reinstated evaluation for the first time since they were struck down by the then-new PASOK Socialist government in 1982, and the major opposition SYRIZA has criticized the scheme.

There was no initial government reaction as to whether the union or teachers would be penalized for refusing to work, even for one day, or whether the court which barred striking would step in.


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