Unhappy with E-Learning, Evaluations, 7,000 Greek Teachers Quitting

ATHENS – Some Greek 7,000 teachers, many said uncomfortable with trying to conduct remote classes as schools shut during the COVID-19 pandemic, and not wanting to face evaluations, are turning in their resignation papers.

That will bring a record number of hirings for the next academic year, said Kathimerini, as primary, kindergarten and high school teachers don’t want to work anymore, said the teachers federations DOE and OLME.

The main reasons were conditions in schools that are often nearly abysmal and not wanting to be evaluated on their performance, which will be coming now for the first time under the New Democracy government.

But a big factor was E-Learning which has seen teachers trying to handle students alone in their homes on video platforms that make it difficult to interact and which can’t replace being in a classroom environment.

That was especially cited by older teachers not familiar with using remote learning platforms or digital methods as do their younger colleagues and those who will be hired to replace them.


ATHENS – The cost of letting vehicles onto the Attiki Odos Ring Road surrounding the Greek capital during a snow storm – which saw some 3,500 motorists stuck for hours or overnight in freezing temperatures – will be a 2,000-euro ($2266) payment to each of them.

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