Free Public Education Costs Greek Parents €3.7Bln Each Year

Private tutoring, foreign languages, computer lessons and private schools cost Greek parents 3.7 billion each year while at the same time the State spends another 5.6 billion euros on public education.

The data come from the annual survey on education, conducted by the Center for the Development of Educational Policy of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE). According to the center, in 2014 Greek households paid 3.7 billion euros for their children’s educational needs.

The money parents paid for private schooling of their children include money for private school tuition, private tutoring in special schools or at home, foreign language courses in special tutoring schools or at home, tuition for university and college studies abroad, schoolbooks, computers, art supplies, babysitting services and so on.

Total money spent for public and private education in Greece in 2014 was 9,387.4 billion euros (equivalent to 5.3% of GDP), of which 59.8% (5,614.8 million euros) relates to public expenditure on education, while 40.2% (3.772,6 billion) relates to private expenditure on education respectively.