ATHENS – Greek students forced into online learning with schools shut during the COVID-19 pandemic are susceptible to having their personal data stolen on computers and the program isn’t free, the major rival SYRIZA charged.
Education Minister Niki Kerameus disputed that but said that while students can use a Cisco Webex platform without cost, the state will have to foot a 2.15 million euro ($2.54 million) bill for it, said Kathimerini.
She also insisted the data of students was protected but didn’t explain how and that the contract from March 2020 to January 2021.
SYRIZA had contested the government claims that the platform’s use had been secured for free and alleged the personal data of users was compromised.
Kerameus insisted that the data was protected while reiterating that the contract with Cisco from March 2020 to January 2021 provided for “free concession of the Webex teleconferencing platform.”
She also said that, “Obviously, using the e-learning platform could not be free forever” which SYRIZA said amounted to her admitting it wasn’t free as she said as they engaged in a battle of words over the use.