Measures taken to strengthen the learning of Greek among immigrant students

Specific actions aimed at strengthening the learning of the Greek language by immigrant pupils have been taken by the Ministry of Education in order to help them better follow the curriculum of public schools.

Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou said Thursday, adding that the measures include collecting detailed data on students’ language level at the start and end of the school year; to set personal learning goals.

In addition, individual progress reports and assessments necessary for learning Greek will be published, as well as annual assessments of each student’s progress.

In addition to taking compulsory Greek courses and even additional intensive summer courses until the required language level is reached.

Relevant forms should also be given to parents in their native language to allow for better communication.

Prodromou also announced the DRASE program which offers 2,910 hours available for the 3,863 children in Primary Education who will join it.

In the 2021-2022 school year, a total of 8,144 children who attended primary schools do not have Greek as their mother tongue.

Moreover, 11.5% of pupils in secondary education do not have Greek as their mother tongue.

by Daphne Stavrides

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