Clock ticks for student slackers

The government is likely next year to tackle the issue of a time limit being imposed on students studying for a university degree, said Education Minister Marietta Giannakou, as more than 100,000 students in Greece overstay their welcome at tertiary institutions. In an interview published in Sunday’s Kathimerini, Giannakou said that Greece is the only developed country which has students enrolled in its universities that do not follow the courses. «We need to give them a time limit to finish their studies,» the minister said. According to a recent report, there are currently 144,000 students at Greek universities who have stayed longer than they should have. This makes up almost 80 percent of the total student population. The minister also said that the current student transfer system is honest and will not be changed despite claims from industry experts that the system is being abused and fails to provide a level playing field for all students.