Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) Parliamentary group leader Alexis Tsipras strongly criticised the government on Monday for its failure to properly prepare for the start of the school year. In statements after talks with the presidency of the Greek federation of primary school teachers DOE, he said that "the government of the Memorandum was taking the country back several decades".
Tsipras underlined that schools without funding and support could not be called state schools, while schools without teachers and books were not schools at all. He stressed that students having to resort to photocopies and old books was something that had not been seen for many decades and fully blamed Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou for the disorganised state of the Greeks school system and the poor relations between government and teachers at all levels.
SYRIZA's leader appealed to the prime minister to take action to shelter education from the "maelstrom of memorandum policies" and not go ahead with choices that Tsipras termed "catastrophic".