The number of students attending private schools in Greece is the largest amongst the countries (France, Italy, UK) with private schools that do not receive state financing. The figure corresponds to 6 pct of the primary and secondary education schoolchildren population.

However, private schools in Greece are seen as a “necessary evil” and not as an essential part of the country’s education system, according to a Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) study to be presented on Feb. 21.

Roughly 90,000 students attend private schools in Greece, where 14,000 people are employed, 8,500 of them identified as teaching personnel, according to the Association of Founders of Private Schools.

The state budget is spared roughly 650 million euros, the cost of educating 90,000 students in public schools, while the social insurance funds collect contributions amounting to 170 million euros paid by the private schools.