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Greek Teachers Union Push Fake Evaluation Reports, Draw Warning

ATHENS – After losing their case against mandatory evaluations in classrooms for teachers, the union representing primary school has tried to undermine the requirement by putting forward mock reports that can 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.

They got until Nov. 12 to comply with the requirement and those who don’t face a fine of a month’s pay, demotion or an eight-year freeze on any chance of advancement, but the plan is still being resisted.

The mock reports were compiled by the Greek Primary School Teachers’ Federation (DOE) to try to hornswoggle the Education Ministry which is tasked with taking and monitoring the evaluations.

The 250 resisting schools represent only 3 percent of the country’s some 14,000 schools and more than 8,300 others, or about 60 percent, have submitted proper responses, the report said.

Oikonomou also urged union leaders to “rethink” and to “rally behind the effort to improve public education, of which evaluations are also a key component,” the report added.

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