Greek Education Ministry to Abolish ‘Conduct’ Grading in Schools

Twenty-eight Syriza MPs have proposed that the “decent conduct” grading of students who deviate from proper behavior should be abolished, with the education minister agreeing to the new measure.

Under Presidential Decree 104 of 1979, the conduct of students when they deviate from proper behavior has been characterized as “decent.” The grading “decorous conduct” applies to the vast majority of students who don’t exhibit delinquent behavior. Thereby, “decent conduct” is considered as a “stigma” for a student.

This is the argument of the leftist party MPs who proposed the abolition of the term. They argue that the labeling “used to marginalize students, often because of their ideas, their political activities, religion, color, etc. Eleftherios Venizelos and current MPs have been punished as students have had their conduct characterized as “decent.”

The deputies claim that “in recent years, in the majority of schools the conduct grading has become inactive and the authoritarian and vindictive measure against students only applies to particularly extreme cases.” However, they claim, it is imperative to abolish the “decent conduct” grading since “there are a few schools, public and private, which try to cover their educational shortfalls or aim to punish students they don’t like, by applying the tool of downgrading their conduct.”

Speaking in the House, Education Minister Costas Gavroglou said that the anachronistic measure of grading a student’s behavior should be abolished and that the education ministry will bring the issue in the house because the measure of grading students’ conduct has been used against leftist students and “very creative citizens of this country.”