Crisis Pushes 40,000 Out of Nursery Schools

Crisis Pushes 40,000 Out of Nursery Schools

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nurseryGreek government cuts across the board in most areas will mean some 40,000 pre-school children won’t be able to go to nursery schools because of a lack of money for local municipalities.

From now until August 2, families can submit applications for hosting their children in subsidized positions in nursery schools but there aren’t nearly as many this coming year.

The Minister of Labour, Social Security and Welfare I. Vroutsis said that the government managed to set aside 150 million euros ($198.5 million) to help more than 60,000 families but that others will be left out. “We need more money,” he said.

The head of the Social Policy of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE) Simos Daniilidis said the funds for the program aren’t enough and that 40,000 children will be left out. He asked for another 130 million euros ($130 million) so that all children could be eligible.

This amount, he said, can be collected from the European Regional Development Fund where he said there is more than 4 billion euros ($5.27 billion) going unused.

  • Alithia

    Times are tough. Mothers and fathers will now be forced to sit down and do their mother and father obligations. Play with their children, teach their children, interact with them, my God, some may even discover they have children!

    Sadly, this will cut into their kafeneio time and afternoon soaps. So sad.

  • worldarts

    Why hasn’t anyone in the Press or Justice asked PASOK & ND where the 250 million Euros went to they took out in “bogus loans” to their 2 Parties and never paid a cent back yet? Into who’s ‘greedy pockets’ did this “unaccounted for” money go?!

  • Michael

    Ignorant comment…..Working parents send their children you idiot! You are ignorant!

  • Alithia

    Then let them PAY FOR DAY CARE idiot. (And I know for a fact that it’s used for “mommy time” )

    The day of whining entitlement idiots like you is ending. Too bad, so sad.

  • Xiotis

    Someone else paying is much better. It’s disgusting how we ran out of fools to lend us money. Don’t they know that they are violating our human right to their money?

  • worldarts

    The EU and IMF is a farce and stole our features. ND and PASOK stole 250 TRIILLION Euro.

    SYRIZA will give us free furniture and Tsimpras is our savior.

    Please respond to me. I copy and paste the same thing 76,986,456,987 times and nobody cares. People explained to me why I’m ignorant about my claims but I don’t care, I need attention.