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Greece’s Teachers Still Resisting State Plans to Evaluate Their Work

ATHENS – After losing their case against mandatory evaluations in classrooms for teachers earlier this year, Greek teachers are reportedly trying to undermine the process with their union urging all to give the answers to questions asked them.

The Teachers’ Federation of Greece, which represents public elementary school teachers, made the move to try to make schools and teachers accountable and have their performance monitored, said Kathimerini.

There are three required forms that teachers must complete, assessment of the previous school year, goals for the current one, and planning and the paper said the teachers were told to only standardized answers.

It wasn’t said who would provide with the answers to be put on the forms and he report said that most elementary schools chose to ignore the union’s guidance when they filled the first form. The second one was sent by Nov. 29. “We are now at level (three) in our effort to nullify the ministry’s planning,” the union said.

It wasn’t reported what penalties, if any would be brought for resisting the reform that was put in place by the New Democracy government after many others previously gave up the fight because of teachers and union opposition.

In October,  the union representing primary school provided teachers with mock reports to be submitted, drawing a warning from the Education Ministry.

“The law for the evaluations does not allow for any shenanigans,” government spokesman Yiannis Oikonomou said after Kathimerini reported that teachers in 250 schools were going to use the fake reports.

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