The Education Ministry issued a statement on Saturday denying that it aims to scrap the hiring process for secondary education teachers via the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP).

Reports on Thursday suggested that Alternate Education Minister Tassos Kourakis had told members of the secondary school teachers’ union (OLME) that the government would create a new system to decide hirings, rather than use ASEP, which has an independent role.

However, Education Minister Aristides Baltas appears to disagree with this take.

“There has never been a statement referring to the scrapping of ASEP in relation to the hiring of teachers in secondary education,” said the statement.