ATHENS – The new academic year starts on Monday with five innovations, Education Minister Niki Kerameus said in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) held during the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF).
Kerameus spoke about these changes, but also about the first evaluation of the effectiveness of the recent interventions, as well as about the priorities of the ministry after the completion – at the legislative level – of the government announcements on education.
Among the changes implemented, Kerameus underlined that 8,600 new teachers have been appointed to schools – out of a total of 25,000 new permanent teachers over the last two years, as well as 32,000 substitute teachers, in order to meet needs in urban centres and the most remote areas of the country.
An emblematic change for this year will be the extended school programme until 17:30 and the addition of new activities such as rhetoric, visual arts, clubs, modern and traditional dances, she said, adding that digital tools will also be provided to state schools.
The education minister also referred to the extoversion of the Greek universities.
“We have moved on three axes, we have offered our universities institutional tools, the chance to collaborate with foreign instutitions, to offer English-language programmes as well as summer and winter programmes. We have also provided significant financial support. For example, an NSRF programme for 20 million euros has been launched for English-language programmes and 208 proposals have been submitted by our universities. Moreover, we aiming to give our excellent universities the place they rightfully deserve on the international academic map. To make our country a beacon of education that will attract students from all over the world,” she said.