The junior pupil team of Romania won five gold medals and a silver medal at the XXII edition of the Balkan Mathematical Olympiad for Juniors, held 20-25 June in Agros, Cyprus, the Education Ministry (MEN) informs in a press release. Following these results, Romania ranked first in the unofficial rankings of nations with 219 points (of 240 possible).
Despite the criticism fueled by a flurry of public sector appointments and handouts heralded by the Greek government in recent weeks ahead of next month's early general election, Education Minister Costas Gavroglou Thursday sought approval for the appointment of thousands of new teachers over the next three years.
Education Minister Ecaterina Andronescu welcomed the students that made up team Romania at the 17th edition of the European Union Science Olympiad (EUSO ) hosted by the Portuguese town of Almada that won seven silver medals, at the airport on Sunday.
The OLME union representing Greek public school teachers has organized a rally at noon on Friday in downtown Athens, which is expected to cause traffic jams in the city center.
Teachers, who walked off the job on Friday, will be gathering at Syntagma Square to protest an Education Ministry bill changing the university entrance exam system.
Clashes broke out on Monday in central Athens during a protest by students over planned changes to the higher education system.
Hooded youths lobbed Molotov cocktails at police on the fringes of Parliament and officers responded by firing tear gas during the violence which was short-lived and did not result in any injuries, according to sources.