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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 September 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2019 21 EVENTS A problem at Greek schools The following letter was sent to the Greek Minister of Education, Niki Kerameus. Unfortunately, it is a problem that is encountered all too often in Greece. Honourable Minister, First of all, I congratulate you on your election and your appointment to the Ministry of Education, a very important Ministry as education is the future of this place. For another year, we are in the uncomfortable position of starting the school year with too many gaps in terms of teachers. The Megiste elementary school, the only school on Kastellorizo with 21 children attending this year, is a Trinity school. Unfortunately, no teachers were placed. Instead, a substitute teacher from the Halki school came to do the blessing and to work with the pupils for a few hours a day until the next recruitment phase, in which we hope that all three teachers will be hired and started so the children can get started with normal classes. There are also gaps in teachers and the high school classes. Gaps in teachers as follows: one theologian (who also teaches history and gym classes) one language teacher for Greek, Ancient Greek, history, drama (Greek language) one physics one English (to also teach English to elementary students) as there is no foreign language school on the island, so our children can only learn English at school one IT (also teaches to elementary students) one sports teacher (also teaches physical education with elementary students) one French one artist (also teaches art to elementary) Our kindergarten this year, just like last year, has two kindergarten teachers who were hired on time and thank you very much for that. It is very important that our school is staffed by teachers, as our children are entitled to access education just like all children in Greece. Yours sincerely, Elisabeth Nitis Parent and Guardian Representative Elementary school of Megiste Niki Kerameus is the Greek Minister of Education and Religious Affairs. Photo of the week YOUR WORDS. YOUR VOICE. Here’s what our readers on Facebook thought about: Six-week pension supplement rule Sophie Koutsoukos So unfair to pensioners. The government needs to stop attacking the pensioners who worked hard and made this country to what it us today. Let the pensioners enjoy and live happy in their golden years. They have paid their taxes and have made a BIG contribution in this country. Professor Lygeros raises genocide awareness Aris Tsilfidis Mr Lygeros is a Greek Genocide skeptic/ denier. He has an article on his website where he states that many other Greeks weren’t victims of genocide because of the actions of the Hellenic army. Yet he doesn’t criticise the Pontic Greek guerillas who also burnt many Turkish villages during the same period. He is not a historian or genocide scholar and his personal opinion runs counter to what experts in this field are saying. He should be banned from giving lectures to the youth. Constantinos Patralis The fact that the word Greek is missing when making reference to the Genocide in both the headline and body of this post is an utter disgrace and a total distortion of history and fact. If Mr Lygeros was speaking from a formal academic platform, then the omission of the word ‘Greek’ when referencing the Genocide, the ‘Greek Genocide’, leaves many unanswered questions of what that ‘platform’ actually is?. Until those questions are answered what in fact are we exposing our youth to? Ioannis Pavlos Fidanakis Historical revisionism at its worst. I guess Greek-Australians only believe Pontian victims of the Genocide deserve recognition and remembrance. Such a shame Theo Maras and the 'myth' behind land tax Steven Tsouparidis Opportunity is made with hard work, connections and a lot of luck. Remember, even Greece has it fair share of billionaires and multimillionaires. Sam Stamos Well said, Theo. I fully endorse all your comments. Our parents worked hard to develop what was a backwater of the world. We endeavour to build upon their legacies and look at what encouragement we face. I say, “Hesse olous tous ziliarithes!” Joy Ellinida Nicely said Sam. I’m ashamed though of a sector of the community that ##found it ready## and have a total disregard for their parents legacies... Jim Sianis Well said, Theo. Emmanuel Tooulou While land tax is a dumb, outdated and blunt instrument, those that can set their ownership structures to take advantage of sliding tax scales, do so to the detriment of those that don’t. In essence, large land holders through a myriad of companies, trusts, family members and other instruments can carve up ownership to effectively reduce the tax rate of their properties. Individuals, mum and dad investors and other smaller operations that can’t avoid the aggregation or are not ‘cunning’ enough to create avoidance vehicles pay full tote. Nothing wrong with aggregation, however the proposed tax rate is too high. Students enjoy themselves in Trikala. PHOTO: FLOULIS PHOTOGRAPHERS A nice riverside atmosphere was created in Trikala, northwestern Thessaly, this week. Thanasis Mihalakis from the Municipality of Trikala sent us a picture from the banks of the Lithaios River. On 18 September, the area was turned into a 'beach' with lounge chairs under the shade of the trees. The first people to enjoy the new atmosphere were the students from Trikala primary school that enjoyed playing footy around the parklands and on Amalias Road, which remained shut down for EU Mobility Week 2019. Despite the fact that the days of summer have ended in Greece, the autumn colours made the day extremely enjoyable. Visitors to Lithaios can go on boat rides and enjoy the lazy atmosphere that the area offers. Do you have photos to send us? Email them to mary@ neoskosmos.com.au and we'll feature them in our Photo of the Week section. Arthur Mitsioulis Well said Theo. This state needs to make it more enticing for companies to invest here. This tax will be a disaster for SA. Write your comments on our social media pages and see them publicized here...
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