The Teaching Federation of Greece took the place in the reactions caused by the 4-year-olds entering the two-year compulsory compulsory pre-school education (which will start gradually from the next school year 2018 – 2019). In particular, the DOE welcomes the decision of the Ministry and stands against those who disagree with the government for its initiative.
The DOE Communication is as follows:
“The draft law on the establishment of the University of Western Attica, which was submitted to the House on 13-2-2018, contains crucial arrangements in relation to decades demand for primary school teachers, the institutionalization of two-year compulsory pre-school education and education in the public kindergarten. The introduction, for the first time in 2006 under Law 3815, of the one-year pre-school education and training requirement for children aged 5-6, following the 42-day strike of the IOC, was the first conquest , the result of our industry races in this direction. Standing position of the IOC is that education provided to children in kindergarten is scientifically documented that it produces compensatory benefits that are crucial to the later life of all children, especially those from unprofitable social strata.
The research literature demonstrates that Kindergarten has a positive influence on the personal, social and learning development of children. His role is extremely important for their socio-emotional development, the prevention of learning disabilities and their timely treatment (early intervention), their smooth transition to elementary school and subsequent educational levels, their school success and their professional and social integration into older ages. The 2 year attendance of all infants (as pre-school and infant toys) at the Kindergarten is extremely important and necessary since they have been studying for two years systematically with specific learning objectives by educators with a specialization in the education of the 4-6 age group, kindergarten teachers in the industry.
The Board of Directors of the OIE Considers that compulsory attendance at kindergarten for infants up to the age of four provided for in Article 33 (3) of the bill should be institutionalized directly for the whole territory and not gradually from 2018-2019 . The invocation, both by the Ministry and by the few adversaries of the regulation, to the lack of building infrastructure, is being shattered as an argument by the facts. Specifically, since 2006, when Law 3518 instituted one year of pre-school education and training as compulsory, there was a wave of mass influx of kindergartens. By 2010, 392 new kindergartens were built, with a large majority public. It is therefore purely a question of political will to invest from the state to strengthen the building infrastructure, the logistics infrastructure, to make the necessary permanent appointments and to establish new kindergartens, something that has not happened since 2010 due to the policy of the memorandums and cuts.
In the direction of immediate institutionalization for the entire territory, all details of the implementation of the regulation should be included in the law and not postponed until the time of the envisaged ministerial decisions. The same applies to the abolition of all the provisions of articles 1566/85, which question the compulsory attendance of pre-school children, exclusively at the Public Kindergarten. Unfortunately, the very important, socially and educationally, institutionalization of 2-year compulsory pre-school education and education in the public kindergarten, meets the KEDE’s response. who misinterprets, attempts to terrorize and directly threaten workers in municipal nurseries, with the intention of closing structures and dismissing workers.
Its attitude is not entirely surprising since its aspirations relate not to its sincere interest in education but to the emergence of electoral clientele and are reflected in the decisions of the regular conference held from 30 November to 2 December 2017 clearly: Two-year compulsory pre-school education can not be carried out by the Ministry of Education, not only because of the lack of building infrastructure but also because it is the responsibility of the Local Government at European level. For this reason, it is proposed to transfer the operating kindergartens into the municipalities and to establish the establishment of the new kindergartens by the Municipalities “. With an argument based on falsehood, since, clearly, the direction at European and international level is pre-school education and education to be an integral part of public education under the supervision of the competent Ministries of Education, KEDE. calls for local government to take full responsibility for the operation of kindergartens (something that has been attempted in the past and prevented by the strong resistance of the industry), with obvious prospects.
It simply asks for the cut-off from the constitutionally regulated public education of kindergartens and its connection with the policy of rushes, vouchers, tuition-food and with private economic criteria. And of course it hides it, bitter about it, that the capacity of the kindergartens of the Municipalities nationwide is about 100,000, which means that under no circumstances can it support what it claims and that tens of thousands of applications for children’s integration in the municipal nurseries are not met every year (based on EETAA data). So how do they close structures and how will they be redundant? The answer is overwhelming. Nursery schools must be public and cover all children, from 0 to 3.5 years old, of working and unemployed people who so wish.
However, the demand for institutionalization of 2-year compulsory pre-school education and education at the public kindergarten is not a request of the teachers, and it is not a corporate demand (as private interests try to present) but, beyond the educational demand of the parents’ social demand. Irrefutable proof of the announcement of the Supreme Confederation of Parents of Pupils of Greece on 9/9/2017, on the occasion of the beginning of the school year, which includes the request for “ONLY 12-YEAR PUBLIC FREE SCHOOL FOR ALL CHILDREN, with two-year compulsory PRACTICAL EDUCATION” in racing design.
Those who attempt to despise a basic demand from the educational community and society serve other purposes far beyond the needs of our children.
The Teaching Association of Greece with a sense of responsibility will continue to struggle for the institutionalization of 2-year compulsory pre-school education and education exclusively in the public kindergarten universally and directly across the territory, closing the ears on the absurd and unscientific voices trying to transform the area of education into space of deadlocks and sterile confrontations. Public education, the educational right of all children, is the weapon of society against inequalities and exclusions. Public education is our children’s home. “