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Most Greek secondary education students whose families can afford the significant fees attend a frontistirio, because of the low quality of state-sponsored education in Greece. It is generally considered impossible for all but the most gifted students to pass university entrance exams without this extra help. An even more expensive alternative is to hire private teachers who tutor the students at home (usually one teacher per subject).
Nowadays, frontistiria and private teachers who cater to university students are also becoming common.
- Hill, Dave (2009). The rich world and the impoverishment of education: diminishing democracy, equity and workers' rights Volume 1 of Routledge studies in education and neoliberalism. Taylor & Francis US. p. 171. ISBN 0-415-95775-3.