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Tremendous rise of kindergarten taxes

17 August 2009 / 14:08:08  GRReporter
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Private daycare centers have raised their taxes with up to 87.5%, forcing parents to pay, since public centers have no free places. Thousands of parents will have to pay disturbing amounts of money since this year's taxes average is around €5000 per year. In a lot of areas public kindergartens have no free places and have created waiting lists.

This is why parents are forced to enroll their children in private centers where price have risen with up to €3000 since last year. For example, in an Attica kindergarten the taxes for the previous year were €1200, transportation not included, and this year they will reach 3200. In another center, from €4790 last year, taxes have jumped to €7500 this year- a 56.6% rise.

The considerable rise of taxes is considered to be a result of a decision made by the Greek government, saying that children should not be allowed to enter first grade if they haven't visited kindergarten. Official data from the National Statistical Service say that kids who were enrolled in daycare centers last year were 80% more than those during the year before, which is 10 000 children. Statistics for 2008/2009 shows that children in private kindergartens were 9 488 and in 2007- 5 336. For the same period, the number of private kinder gardens has risen- from 142 to 268, only for a year.

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