Angelos Syrigos: The noise created with the artists is disproportionate – The government will deal with the problem

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Angelos Syrigos: The noise created with the artists is disproportionate – The government will deal with the problem

The Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs stated that three committees were set up, which within the next 1.5 months must reach specific proposals on the issue

“Disproportionate”, described the Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Angel Syrigosspeaking on the Thessaloniki radio station Status 107, 7 and on the show of Dimitris Venieris, the noise that has been created regarding the Presidential Decree 85/2022, which has provoked reactions from a part of the artistic world.

“All the noise has started since the publication of the P.D., which is the qualification book for civil servants and covers all branches. It’s not one and two pages. It’s 250 pages. That is, to understand why it is.

It is a very large statute, which includes many cases. And what does he do? Photographs the existing situation. What does this mean; That for people, who have finished drama schools or dance schools for example or conservatories, then the crucial point is that these are not graded to date and are not considered to be equivalent to university level.

How many does this concern? No, over 50 people across the country. They are those people who have been hired by the State, not as artists but as civil servants. They are as D.E. as Secondary Education students who enter through ASEP”, pointed out the Deputy Minister of Education, underlining, at the same time, that: “In all other cases, actors, dancers, musicians, have a special way of selection, as artists, not as civil servants, I emphasize this thing, they have a special way of selection and they also have a special salary as artists. Therefore, the noise is disproportionate to the object.

Nevertheless, because this is an issue that takes time, and when we say time, as you correctly mentioned, since 2003 when the three-year TEIs were abolished and became four-year, the matching of these schools ceased to exist. Right.

The problem, however, has actually been going on for decades. Looking to find the provisions referred to in the law, I found provisions going back to ΄53, ΄59, 1971, 1981. It’s a chronic problem that no one has addressed.

The current government has said that it will deal with it, that is, it will carry out a classification and matching of these schools. We are talking about private schools and something that will be university level in the performing arts. They are two different things.

Mr. Syrigos, when asked about this, noted that: “There are four schools of Fine Arts in Greece that one does not enter through nationwide exams, but with one’s talent.

There are also government schools for this subject. Beyond that, however, none of them are of higher education,” added the deputy minister.

Finally, Mr. Syrigos mentioned that three committees were set up, which within the next 1.5 months must come up with specific proposals on how to classify and upgrade the specific schools. They are attended by representatives of the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education and an eminent representative per sector from the artists.

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