Exams, exams, exams. I have noticed that more and more foreign language exams are introduced. Have you ever wondered why, especially in Greece we have an “exam-mania”?
The answer is simple. Whoever gets a C2 level certificate is eligible to teach at private language schools. You get a document called «επάρκεια» (= sufficiency) and you can actually teach!!!!
This law was introduced about 60 years ago, when private language schools could not find enough teachers to hire. Back then you could find only a few University graduates.
60 years have passed, there are more than 6000 certified English teachers, 5000 certified German and French teachers and so many native speakers with University diplomas living and working in Greece. I do not mention the state school teachers.
Aren’t these people enough? Why do proficiency holders still get hired?
The English teacher association has been to court many times in order to have this ridiculous law abolished. The German teacher association has joined them a couple of years ago. Unfortunately they, we, are not heard.
Language school owners insist that they need proficiency holders. Why? Because University graduates only want to get a position at a state school and leave private language schools without thinking. They want stability…
And my question is… who could actually stay ay a language school, with pay no more than 7-8 Euros per hour when they can get a decent salary?
More and more teachers graduate every year. Nobody can say that there is no efficiency.
I do hope that they will consider revising that ridiculous law.