Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited the 7th Gymnasium of Athens in Pagrati on Monday, accompanied by the Education Minister Niki Kerameus and Deputy Education Minister Sofia Zacharaki.
On the occasion of the transition to the second phase of the return to schools, which includes all students at middle schools (gymnasiums) and high schools (lyceums), the PM visited the school and spoke with teachers and students.
Mitsotakis expressed his gratitude to the teaching staff for their dedication and congratulated both students and teachers because, as he said, "you all passed the exams of responsibility."
Referring to the actions of the educational community during the lockdown, he described it as a "pleasant surprise" that "the academic community was fully in harmony with the technology, so that remote education has been embraced by all, offering the best results for the children."
However, the PM clarified that under no circumstances should access to technology function as an opportunity to create new types of discrimination, adding that this is something that Greek public schools have handled in a very effective way.
Η περιπέτεια της πανδημίας ανέδειξε πολλά καλά στοιχεία της χώρας μας. Μέσα σε αυτά ήταν η αφοσίωση των εκπαιδευτικών, το πόσο γρήγορα εναρμονίστηκαν με την τεχνολογία και η στάση ευθύνης που κράτησαν όλοι. Μαθητές και εκπαιδευτικοί πέρασαν με άριστα τις εξετάσεις υπευθυνότητας.
Posted by Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday, 18 May 2020
Mitsotakis pointed out, during a discussion with teaching staff, that care and caution will be required from now on.
He stressed that he insists on normality in the social life of the school, adding that children are always better and more balanced when they have a programme and this will be followed through the normal operation of schools.