Parents demand transfer for school's only pupil

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Europe's smallest school, on the remote Greek islet of Gavdos, south of Crete, is under threat from an unorthodox parent-teacher row.

Nicolaos and Kyriaki Gialinakis, the parents of eight-year-old Theodora, the only pupil, have demanded the removal of the municipal school's only teacher, for alleged abuses.The 35-year-old teacher, who cannot be named for legal reasons, allegedly barred Theodora from spending her breaktime with younger friends in the adjoining kindergarten and locked her in the school.

Crete's local education authority told her parents the teacher would not be eligible for a transfer until she had completed her three-year term. The teacher, who was unavailable for comment, has denied all charges of wrongdoing.

Mrs Gialinakis lobbied Education Minister Petros Efthymiou in Athens this week after a 10-month campaign to oust the teacher.