A good education system is fundamental to a nation that wants to be economically and otherwise independent.
It appears that Greece has a long way to go to reach this goal according to the results of a survey conducted in Thessaloniki’s schools last month among students (1118), parents (378) and teachers (131).
Only 10% of students, 15% of parents and 12% of teachers said that they are happy with the current system.
50% of students and many parents said that that the Panhellenic University entrance exams should be abolished.
The vast majority finds inefficiencies in school infrastructure, timetables, materials and teaching methods where emphasis on memorizing certain paragraphs from books and evaluation on the basis of “bookish knowledge” prevails.
Students, parents and teachers agree that the majority of skills are developed outside school including foreign languages, sports, fine arts and IT.
All interested parties admit that preparation for the Panhellenic University exams is taking place in private tuition centres while private comprehensive schools are preferred by those who can afford them for the better and more efficient teaching conditions.
Students, teachers and parents would like a more autonomous and democratic school which focuses on the development of life-long skills and competences.