Flag-Raising and National Anthem Ceremony Abolished in Greek Schools



The Ministry of Education has abolished the ceremony of raising the Greek flag and the singing of the national anthem at primary schools.

After the controversial decision to select flag-bearers following a draw of all students irrespective of school achievement, the government has abolished a ceremony, practiced in its current form since 1998.

The current practice requires all primary schools to hold a flag-raising ceremony accompanied by the national anthem on every first Monday morning of each month.

Now the ministry orders that the flag will remain hoisted in the pole permanently, as is the case in every other public building.

According to an opposition lawmaker, the government also intended to abolish the morning prayer.

However, New Democracy MP and deputy speaker of the House Nikitas Kaklamanis claims, the President of the Republic’s office ruled that this particular move was unconstitutional and the ministry of Education was asked to withdraw it.


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