The Greek government in May will put before the Parliament in May a draft law on the overall reform of Greek language education, Education Minister Constantine Arvanitopoulos told the German media operation Deutsche Welle.
He said that the government’s goal is to support the Greeks abroad, in their effort for integration but also help them keep their Greek identity and culture. He said that he wants to help boost Modern Greek language departments at foreign universities that are seeing falling enrollment and little support from the Diaspora or the Greek government..
“We intent to maintain the quality of education while reducing the corresponding expense,” Arvanitopoulos underlined, without explaining how that would happen during the country’s crushing economic crisis. He assured that children who this year in the first grade of a Greek-language secondary school will graduate from an totally Greek-speaking high school.
He also stressed that 3 percent of Greek immigrants’ children will continue to be admitted at the universities in Greece. He said the opening of a Greek school on the Turkish island of Imvros in the Aegean Sea was an historic moment. “With coordinated actions in cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the associations of the people in Imvros we managed to remove all obstacles and make this dream come true and to support as much as possible this school,” he said.