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School Year Extended for Greece’s HS Seniors Over Pandemic

ATHENS – Lockdowns that brought remote teaching to Greece's schools has led the Education Ministry to push the school year back for high school seniors to June 11, only days before university entrance exams.

That has upset their parents who complained about the stress it puts on their children, including adding to the worry they will contract the Coronavirus in classrooms where many students aren't abiding by rules to wear masks.

In a letter to the ministry conveying its “grave concern,” the Confederation of Parents of Pupils of Greece (ASGME) said students also risk taking the exams between June 14-28, said Kathimerini.

The group recommended that the May 30 date continue to apply for the final year of high school. Another proposal is for Grade 12 lessons to take place remotely in the final two weeks of the academic year, though sources at the Education Ministry told the paper that's not going to happen.

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