TEIs call for boost to funding

The heads of Greece’s technical colleges (TEIs) have called on the government to improve planning and increase funding in the tertiary sector, which appears to be losing favor among student populations. In a meeting of TEI presidents set to start today in Arta, central Greece, the demands are expected to be submitted to Education Minister Evripidis Stylianidis. «Bold decisons are needed from everyone, including the state and the TEIs,» said one senior TEI official. Among the reforms being called for is subjecting TEIs to assessment methods, like universities, which will allow the Education Ministry to boost their funding. Senior ministry officials also said that less popular departments need to be slashed or merged with other courses in order to improve the tertiary institution’s efficiency. According to government data, some 235,000 students attend the country’s technical colleges which employ 10,000 teaching and administrative staff members.