Extra cash not a lure for reform

State funds that are increasingly being funneled into universities are not being used to sweeten the controversial reforms the ruling New Democracy party wants to implement in the tertiary sector, the government said yesterday. «We are not combining efforts to increase university funds with efforts to change the way [the institutions] are operating,» said government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos. Roussopoulos was referring to comments by Education Minister Marietta Giannakou on Monday that universities are not adequately absorbing allocated funds due to management problems. «A different operation is needed, one that will help universities absorb funds,» added Roussopoulos. Meanwhile, teachers and students will demonstrate in central Athens tomorrow, calling for more funds to be spent on education. The protesters are expected to gather at midday in front of Athens University. The Primary School Teachers’ Federation (DOE) has called a 24-hour strike for tomorrow.

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