Opponent parents who do not send their children to school will be punished with up to 2 years in prison and fines, the Greek Education Ministry said in an amendment submitted to Parliament late Tuesday evening.
The harsh measure was chosen because parents and guardians who oppose vaccination of children against Covid-19 and measures to protect against the pandemic have stopped sending their children to school, arguing that “wearing a mask is torture,” and self-tests and rapid tests Are “dangerous” for children’s health.
The amendment is a joint legislative initiative of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Justice.
The amendment provides that a person who exercises custody or real custody of a minor and does not register or control his compulsory attendance (up to high school) is punishable by imprisonment for up to two years and a large monetary fine.
The law applies to children from primary school to high school students up to the age of 16 inclusive.