Alternate Education Minister Fofi Gennimata on Monday announced plans to radically overhaul the current system for state-assisted teaching of the Greek language abroad, whose cost had jumped by 22 million euro between 2004 and 2009.
The Greek state currently funds the teaching of Greek in 72 countries, 57 of which have Greek Studies departments at university level.
During a press conference, Gennimata said that an outline of the government proposals would be unveiled for the start of public dialogue in early March, leading to a draft bill to rationalise both funding and the detachment of teachers abroad in May.
She stressed that there would be no surprise measures during the coming school year, since there was provision for a transitional period.
The proposed dialogue on a system to support the teaching and learning of Greek in foreign countries will focus on ten main areas.
These are: assessment of teaching, administrative reorganisation of Greek-expatriate schools, greater transparency, cooperation between expatriate communities and the teachers sent from Greece, promoting forms of Greek-language education that are part of the educational system of the host-country, developing cultural centres to promote Greek culture, social networking, developing the cross-cultural identity of expatriates, developing pre-school programmes and boosting Greek studies and research at foreign universities.