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Alexis Tsipras pays 6,600 euro a year for his son’s kindergarten

25 October 2013 / 19:10:22  GRReporter
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The leader of the main opposition party in Greece, Alexis Tsipras, has enrolled his child in one of the most expensive private kindergartens as reported by Greek daily Kathimerini. Contrary to SYRIZA’s party line against private education, he has preferred for his son a kindergarten which costs him 6,600 euro a year. In his article, journalist Kostas Zoulas comments that if Tsipras decided to enrol his younger son in it too then he would have paid more than 1,000 euro per month just for their pre-school education.

The kindergarten is located in the historic centre of Athens, in the neighbourhood of Plaka, at the foot of the Acropolis. According to sources, the education of children takes place at a professional level, in a warm and family atmosphere.

According to the journalist, this behaviour of Alexis Tsipras raises many questions. How convincing could SYRIZA’s position against the establishment of private universities in Greece sound, when he himself has preferred this very expensive and private kindergarten for his son? Does he think that shaping the character of a child is less significant in preschool than in real school and has he entrusted his son to a private kindergarten for this reason? And since he argues, "the eventual establishment of private universities will be the" tombstone" of state ones", why wouldn’t private kindergartens be the "tombstone" of public ones?

A potential response by him that, due to the high salary he receives as a deputy, he would not send his child to a public kindergarten would not be convincing because a public kindergarten maintained ​​with taxpayers' money is operating at the parliament, but Alexis Tsipras has not preferred it. Moreover, the training in nurseries, which his son is attending, is not even part of the compulsory curriculum. Therefore, his preference of the particular kindergarten is one more of the obvious contradictions of the political space led by him.

Tags: PoliticsSYRIZAAlexis TsiprasPrivate kindergarten
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