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12 January, 1999
Prime Minister Costas Simitis stressed yesterday those recent reactions in the education sector and a demand for withdrawal of the government's reform bill did not have education as their objective.
He was speaking in Parliament last night during an extraordinary debate on education among political party leaders.
The education bill sparked vehement nationwide protests and school occupations by pupils beginning in late November 1998 and climaxing last month before the holidays, although the government spokesman said yesterday that most secondary schools in Greece were now functioning normally.
Referring to the content of educational reform, Mr. Simitis said the educational system is handled in its entirety, touches on 'taboo' issues such as the evaluation of teachers and the waiting list for hiring, implements targets proclaimed years ago such as the single senior high school and the all-day elementary school, opens universities and technical institutes (TEI) to all, as well as provides additional training for teachers, among others.
Source: Athens News Agency