World Bulletin / News Desk
Greek authorities have temporarily shut down 12 minority schools in Western Thrace as part of austerity measures in financial educational facilities, pointing to low enrollment.
Among the 12 schools whose activities were suspended by the Greek Education Ministry, seven are in Xanthi, four in Rodop and one in Evros.
As part of austerity measures begun in 2011, Greece adopted a “unification of schools” program to reduce the cost of education.
With that measure, the number of schools in Greece was decreased from 1,933 to 877, while 14 minority schools in Western Thrace were shut down permanently. Western Thrace's Muslim minority schools are sanctioned under Greek law in accordance with the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which established religious freedom for the Turkish population in Greece.Last Mod: 28 Şubat 2013, 11:47