Zouraris, a native of Thessaloniki, gave an interview to the city’s North 98 radio where he expressed the view that even though he is a communist and Christian Orthodox himself, there should be many mosques built in Greece so that the refugees who will stay in Greece can practice their religion.
Regarding his new post as deputy education minister, Zouraris said that he is thinking to revise the language books of primary and secondary schools. “I ask teachers and professors to send me their views on what went wrong in the previous educational reform.”
On the issue of ancient Greek teaching that his predecessor was planning on reducing, Zouraris replied that the teaching of the ancient language in grade school is difficult. However, he said, he would propose voluntary supplementary teaching of ancient Greek in secondary schools so that in a few years there is a base of 100,000 people who speak and write ancient Greek. However, he said, it will not be obligatory.
Regarding his predecessor’s clash with the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos over religion lessons, Zouraris said that both were right and wrong at the same time. He explained that Nikos Filis should have insisted on the separation between Church and State and that Ieronymos should have not talked about Filis the way he did. Nevertheless, Zouraris said, his relationship with the Archbishop and the Church of Greece in general will be more comfortable since he is a Christian Orthodox himself.