Cabinet approves university bill

The Cabinet approved a draft law aimed at boosting the quality of teaching at state universities by streamlining procedures and boosting assessment following a late evening session on Thursday.

Without giving specific details, Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou described the proposed reforms as ?major changes to higher education which is the real engine of the Greek economy.? The minister stressed, however, that academics? freedom of expression would not be curbed by the reforms.

Several academics have expressed their opposition to some of the provisions of the bill, chiefly the proposal that independent assessors be brought in to state universities to check on the institutions? boards and rectors.

The bill is to be submitted to a debate involving government officials and academics this coming week before being submitted in Parliament for another debate and then put to vote.