Secondary General Education offers a six-year programme of education for students aged between 12 and 18. At the Gymnasium (Lower Secondary school) the main orientation is the general humanistic education. Education at the Gymnasium is compulsory for the first three years up to the age of 15.
At the Lyceum the educational system is more flexible and offers various specialisations depending on an inclination, skills and interests of a student. Particularly, following the adoption of the concept of a Unified Lyceum on a nationwide scale, from the school year 2000-2001 onwards, flexibility and prospects opening up for students increased considerably.
The basic aim of the Gymnasium is to promote the development of students in relation to capabilities of their age and corresponding demands of life. The Gymnasium constitutes a self-existent school unit of general educational direction. It complements the general education offered by the primary school and prepares students to accept the increased general humanistic education that it provides, preparing them at the same time to attend, afterwards, the Lyceum or the Technical Education, which they can select after their graduation from the Gymnasium.
Within the context of the objectives of the Lyceum students are expected to:
- Form their personality in a harmonious and all-embracing way by developing free, critical thinking, initiative, collectiveness and imagination.
- Develop intellectual, moral, aesthetic and physical characteristics and skills, so that they can face society, science, technology, arts and more general constituents of culture with creativity and an innovative approach.
- Develop the essential abilities, knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will allow them to continue their study within the frames of lifelong education and training and will facilitate their access to the productive process following additional specialisation or training.
- Finally transform into citizens who will be conscious of the problems faced today by humanity and be capable to act effectively, in an individual and collective way, while dealing with these problems.
Instead of the Lyceum, pupils may choose to attend Secondary Technical and Vocational Education, which provides them with knowledge and skills that will prepare them to enter the workforce or pursue further studies in their area of interest.
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