The Greek educational system
The national educational system of Greece
|Education in Greece is compulsory for all children of 6-15 years old; namely, it includes Primary and Lower Secondary Education. The school life of the students, however, can start from the age of 2.5 years (preschool education) in both private and public institutions. Attendance at Primary Education lasts for six years, and children are admitted at the age of 6. Post-compulsory Secondary Education, according to the reform of 1997, consists of two school types: Unified Upper Secondary Schools and the Technical Vocational Educational Schools.|
The duration of studies in Unified Upper Secondary Schools is three years and two years (a' level) or three years (b' level) in the Technical Vocational Educational Schools. Mutual student transfer from one type of school to the other is possible. Along with the mainstream schools of Primary and Secondary Education, Special Kindergartens, Primary Schools, Lower Secondary Schools, High Schools and upper secondary classes are in operation, which admit students with special educational needs. Musical, Ecclesiastical and Physical Education Lower Secondary Schools and High Schools are also in operation. Post-compulsory Secondary Education also includes the Vocational Training Institutes, which provide a formal but unclassified level of education. These Institutes are not classified as an educational level, because they accept both Lower Secondary School and Upper Secondary school graduates according to the relevant specializations they provide.