September in Greece is the back to school month, back to work month, first rains month and the time we wish each other “kalo himona” which means have a good winter. No wonder everyone wants to postpone thinking about it as much as possible.
This year September looms even darker. The Ministry of Education has announced that 5000 primary and secondary school teachers have gone on pension. While the ministry asked the government to hire 1086 new teachers only 225 postings have been approved. The other positions will be covered by seasonal and temporary personnel but there will still be many gaps.
Last school year there were no school books – this year it seems there will not be enough teachers.