Lesbos Parents Lock Schools to Keep Refugees Out



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Primary school parents in Mytilene protested after being informed that 15 refugee children would go to school with their children on Monday. The refugee students were to be placed in classes at the 8th, 9th, 11th and 15th primary schools of the island of Lesbos.

Parents of the pupils of the 8th Primary School went so far as to put a lock at the entrance of the school to prevent the entry of the refugee children on Monday. They say that they will not let anyone cross the school gates until a solution is found to their problem.

Those who took part in the lock up are angered by the way in which the refugee students are being introduced to the school system and have questions regarding the procedure. “Nobody had informed us as they were obliged to do,” say the parents, who object to having found out that five refugee children were coming to the 8th Primary School of Lesbos after morning prayers.

Lesvosnews.gr, the region’s online news site, reports that the plans concern 15 refugees to be sent to three primary schools of Lesbos, five at the school complex where the 9th and 11th primary schools are held, five at the 15th primary school and another 5 at the 8th primary school.

The parents object to the disorganized way in which the refugee students are being incorporated into the system and are worried that this could set back their own children’s education and also cause health problems.

Similar problems were recently noted at schools at Oraiokastro and Filippiada in mainland Greece after the Greek Education Ministry announced plans for afternoon classes for refugee and migrant children.