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Greece:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

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Greece:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Greece:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Greece:Political and Economic Situation

Greece:Organisation and Governance

Greece:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Greece:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Greece:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Greece:Organisation of Private Education

Greece:National Qualifications Framework

Greece:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Greece:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Greece:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Greece:Funding in Education

Greece:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Greece:Higher Education Funding

Greece:Adult Education and Training Funding

Greece:Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:Primary Education

Greece:Organisation of Primary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Greece:Assessment in Primary Education

Greece:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Greece:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Higher Education

Greece:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Greece:First Cycle Programmes

Greece:Bachelor

Greece:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Greece:Second Cycle Programmes

Greece:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Greece:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Greece:Adult Education and Training

Greece:Distribution of Responsibilities

Greece:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Greece:Main Providers

Greece:Main Types of Provision

Greece:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Greece:Teachers and Education Staff

Greece:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece: Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Greece:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Management and Other Education Staff

Greece:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Greece:Management Staff for Higher Education

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Quality Assurance

Greece:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Greece:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Educational Support and Guidance

Greece:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Greece:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Greece:Mobility and Internationalisation

Greece:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Mobility in Higher Education

Greece:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Greece:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Greece:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:National Reforms in School Education

Greece:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Greece:National Reforms in Higher Education

Greece:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Greece:European Perspective

Greece:Legislation

Greece:Institutions

Greece:Glossary

Pupil/Students Assessment - Vocational Training Institutes (IEK)

Assessment of learners is divided in two phases: assessment during the training and assessment after the training.

According to the Ministerial Decision 5954/23-6-2014, the assessment of the knowledge, skills and competencies of trainees per course (assessment during the training) is based on the Study Guide and includes in each case:

  • Consideration of progress,
  • Final exam and/or
  • Evaluation of participation in individual and group work, which may substitute examinations up to 40% of the total number of courses in each semester.

Consideration of Progress (mid-terms)

  • During each training semester, in all courses at least one test (consideration of progress) in each lesson is performed before completing 70% of the training hours of that semester.  The tests are devised by the instructor and are graded by them as well.
  • Participation in the examination is mandatory for all trainees.  In case a trainee is absent from such a progress examination for reasons of force majeure or a serious illness, which can be proven, then the management of the IEK decides on the examination of the trainee during another teaching session or at a time and place set to this end in collaboration with the instructor.
  • Trainees take note of the grades thereof under the responsibility of the management of IEK, which also sees to the handling of any potential conflicts of any nature.
  • The duration of each course exams may be up to two (2) hours.

Final Exam of Semester

  • At the end of each semester, final examinations are conducted in each course.
  • The manner thereof for each course is determined by the Study Guide.
  • The questions of the final examinations are set by the instructors and graded by them as well.
  • The duration of each final exam is two (2) hours, apart from laboratories or as otherwise indicated in the study guide.
  • A trainee who is absent from a final examination of a course for reasons of force majeure or serious illness proven by a competent Public Body, can submit an application to the management of IEK together with the relevant supporting documents, but in any case prior to the release of the results of the semester.  The management of IEK decides the time and place for the examination of the trainee during the current exams period, without obliging them to repeat the attendance of the course or courses from the final examination of which they were absent; however, they are also not entitled to enroll and attend the next teaching semester.

Evaluation of the Participation in Group and Individual Work

  • The subjects of the tasks are specified by the instructor
  • The tasks may be individual or collective
  • Instructions for the subjects of the tasks are given in the Study Guide of such course or the instructor.

Trainees take note of the grades thereof, under the responsibility of the management of IEK, which also sees to the handling of any potential conflicts of any nature.  Any trainee, who, for whatever reason did not attend the exams, is graded with one point.

Trainees who cannot undergo a written examination for the reasons specified below are examined only orally following their request:

  • They are blind or have a vision impairment of at least 80%.
  • They have a physical disability of at least 67%, permanent or temporary, associated with the upper limbs.
  • They suffer from upper limb spasticity.
  • They suffer from a fracture or other temporary impairment of the upper limbs, such that it is impossible to write.
  • Their performance in the courses cannot be tested solely by written exams because of a specific speech disorder (dyslexia).

The trainees of the afore-mentioned paragraph are required to answer the same questions as the others and within the same amount of time. The examination is oral and is conducted by the instructor of the course in the presence of the Deputy Principal.

Grading

The performance of the trainees in the consideration of progress exams (mid-terms) constitutes the progress grade (VP) of that course for the semester. The performance of the trainees in the final exams constitutes the final exam grade (VTE) of that course for the semester. The final grade (TB) of the course is formed by 60% from the final exam grade (VTE) and 40% from the average of the progress grade (VP), rounded to the nearest whole number.

When a laboratory course is taught by several instructors, each of them gives separate grades. The average of such grades is the grade of the exam, whether a progress or final one (VP or VTE).

The grade of the examination of a mixed course, whether progress or final one (VP or VTE), is the average of the individual grades in the examination of the theoretical and the laboratory part of the course.

The sum of the final grade of all training courses, including, in the case of classification, those whose grade has been ensured, is divided by the number of courses and gives us the general average grade (GMOV) of the trainee for that semester.

Where an exemption from courses is provided for, the number of such courses is not counted when calculating the GMOV.

The grading scale ranges from one (1) to ten (10).

The training of each semester is considered as full when the training hours (theoretical, laboratory and mixed ones and as described in the corresponding timetable) have been completed, or when the mandatory internship has been completed.  The trainees are enrolled to the next semester, provided they are not obliged to repeat the attendance of a course or courses, i.e. their final grade in each course should be at least five (5) (see Section “Progress of Pupils/Students”).

Supervision, coordination, quality assurance and evaluation of practical training covering the 5th semester, being optional for Vocational Training Institutes (IEK) students who have completed 120 daily wages in the specialization they are enrolled in, is carried out on the IEK Director’s responsibility or on the responsibility of another person appointed by the latter as Coordinator of Practical Training; the latter’s duty is to monitor the trainee’s consistent attendance, to assure the trainee’s working environment quality, to perform on-site controls and to keep an individual training portfolio, that entails the relevant progress reports.

Progression of Pupils/Students - Vocational Training Institutes (IEK)

Based on Ministerial Decision 5954/23-6-2014, students may enroll in the following semester when they do not have to repeat one or more subjects and one of the following conditions apply:

  • Their final grade in each course is at least five (5) out of ten (10).
  • They have underperformed in just one course, while the general average grade (GMOV) for the semester, including the underperformed course, is at least six (6).

In the latter case, the trainees are required to undergo a supplementary exam in the underperformed course within seven (7) days during the exam period of the semester they attend.  In case the grade in such exam is equal to or greater than five (5), this shall be the trainees' new final grade in the course in question.  If such new grade is not at least five (5), then the trainees are entitled to be enrolled to the next semester, but they are obliged to undergo a further exam in the under-performed course during the next exams period. If the grade is again under five (5), then they are required to re-attend the course.  In any other case, the trainees are required to repeat the attendance/training of only the courses of the semester in which they underperformed.

If no specialization and semester department is in operation at the IEK, in the exam of which the trainee under-performed or did not have sufficient training, then for the purposes of attending the course, the trainee is given the opportunity to join a specialization department of a respective semester, where the courses required are taught. Otherwise, the IEK should set up a special training class for the trainee or the trainees who cannot be handled with the options mentioned above.

Characterization of Studies

Characterization of the trainees' studies takes place after the end of the semester courses and before the final exam.

The IEK management announces the results of the studies' characterization to the trainees on the day following the end of the semester courses, in order for those entitled to participate in the final exam to be able to do so.

Attendance is mandatory for all courses.

The attendance in each course is characterized as adequate when the trainee’s hourly absences are equal to or less than fifteen percent (15%) of the total number of teaching hours provided for the semester, rounded to the nearest whole number.

In exceptional cases and following the decision of the IEK Management, the afore-mentioned threshold may be increased by 5% per course. However, the total absences in all courses in the training semester can by no means exceed twenty percent (20%) of the total number of training hours provided for. In any other case, the attendance is characterized as inadequate.

If during the semester a trainee has exceeded the maximum number of absences per course, i.e. the absences are more than 15% of the total teaching hours of the course, which in some exceptional cases may be extended by 5% per course, the IEK Management shall immediately discontinue the trainee’s studies on the decision of the Principal. If the trainee should fulfill his military service, the competent Army Enlistment Office is notified.

The trainee is not entitled to attend the final exam at the end of the training semester in relation to the courses in which his/her attendance was characterized as inadequate. S/He is obliged to repeat the attendance of such courses, without having the right to enroll to the next semester. In case the attendance of a trainee in all the courses of the first semester is characterized as inadequate, then in order for such a trainee to re-enroll, he/she must be re-selected according to the procedures described above.

Certification - Vocational Training Institutes (IEK)

Trainees graduate provided they are not required to repeat the attendance on any course and their final grade in each course is at least five (5) out of ten (10).  Furthermore, at the end of the semester the training hours provided for, as divided proportionately in theoretical, laboratory and mixed ones and as described in the corresponding timetable, as well as the mandatory internship, must have all been completed.

If the trainee underperforms in just one course, while the general average grade (GMOV) for all the courses of the semester is at least six (6), then the trainee is obliged to sit on an exam in the course in which s/he underperformed in subsequent exam periods, until the new grade of the final exam becomes at least five (5).  In any other case, the trainee is required to re-attend only the courses of the semester in which s/he underperformed.

Α  Vocational Training Certificate (VEK) is awarded to:

  • Students who successfully complete their five (5)-semester training
  • IEK students who have completed 120 daily wages in the specialization in which they are enrolled and are therefore exempt, should they wish, from the requirement to undergo one semester of Internship or Apprenticeship, by means of submitting a solemn declaration under  Law 1599/1986.  In any case they must have completed four (4) semesters of theoretical and laboratory training.

At the same time, students who have obtained the Certificate of Vocational Training are entitled to participate in the Vocational Training Exams to obtain the Vocational Specialization Diploma of level four (4) (Law 4186/2013).  The vocational training accreditation of IEK graduates, which is determined by the Ministerial Decision 2944/17-4-2014, takes place at national level, based on theoretical and practical exams.  These exams take place twice a year and are common for Public and Private Vocational Training Institutes.  According to Ministerial Decision 10141/IA/18-11-2012, the Central Examinations Committee for the Certification of Vocational Training (KEEPEK) of the National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance - EOPPEP, is responsible for the accreditation of the vocational training of graduates of Vocational Training Institutes.  The candidates that were successful in both sections of the exam, the theoretical and practical, are awarded a level four (4) Vocational Specialization Diploma.

The level four (4) Diploma of Vocational Specialization is printed on special paper by using the model described in the relevant Ministerial Decision, and is signed by the Managing Director of EOPPEP.  After the announcement of the results and upon the beneficiaries’ request, EOPPEP grants them a Certificate of Initial Accreditation of Vocational Training of IEK graduates, which serves as a Diploma and states the average grade achieved in the Theoretical Section of the exam.  This Certificate of Accreditation is issued to the examinees who have passed both sections of the Exams for the Certification of the Initial Vocational Training and are entitled to a level 4 Vocational Specialization Diploma.

Pursuant to Law 4186/2013, the initial vocational training curricula may link learning outcomes to credits, in accordance with the National Qualifications Framework and the European System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET), as described in the Recommendation of the European Parliament and the Council, dated June 18th, 2009 (EU C 155/02 dated 8-7-2009).  This system foresees the matching of qualifications obtained and the equivalence of degrees. It also allows mobility across various educational systems and different EU countries.