Education minister calls for probe into predecessor's reform plan

Following reports that a plan to reform the tertiary education sector launched in the spring of 2013 failed to lead to millions of euros in savings, Education Minister Andreas Loverdos on Monday called for an immediate assessment of the scheme’s implementation under his predecessor, Constantinos Arvanitopoulos, Kathimerini has learned.

According to sources, while the Athena plan foresaw cost-cutting measures worth 50 million euros, the scheme was implemented only insofar as the merger of flagging university departments was concerned. It has also been suggested that department mergers and shutdowns did not lead to the surviving ones seeing any of the anticipated benefits.