Teacher evaluation finally on track


The assessment of teachers in primary and secondary education, abandoned around 40 years ago by the first socialist government in Greece at the request of teachers’ unions and never reintroduced since, despite several legislative texts attempting to do so, will be finally implemented at the start of the new school year in September.

Despite persistent negative reactions from unions and the left-wing opposition, Education Minister Niki Kerameus is determined to move forward with reform, which is just one part of a larger package. broad, including expanding textbook choices beyond just one approved per subject. by the ministry.

While it is true that a poor evaluation of a teacher will not lead to dismissal but simply to more corrective teaching, participation of teachers in seminars designed to impart new skills and improve existing ones will be mandatory, said Kerameus. at Kathimerini. Those who refuse to participate will not move up the pay scale and may be deducted up to one month’s pay, she said. There will also be positive incentives, such as the accumulation of points that can be used for the appointment of teachers to positions of responsibility.

Kerameus refutes the claim that the assessment will create red tape, saying the number of teachers in senior positions will remain at around 15,000, which she finds reasonable for a system of over 1.4 million. ‘students.

She also defends the increased powers given to principals to choose their main assistants – their deputies and school coordinators, by class and by subject, supposedly to the detriment of the teachers’ association. “The principals do not choose their assistant but make recommendations. Managers should have a say in who will be their closest collaborator, ”she said.

The principals themselves, appointed for a fixed term, will be evaluated twice, mid-term and at the end of their term.

Kerameus was also asked about the introduction of a minimum grade for admission to universities through the national examination system. The minimum mark is expected to translate into 15,000 to 25,000 university students less than the 78,000 or so accepted last year.

Kerameus says that many students who got admitted even after scoring really bad exams would never graduate.


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