Dawdling students outnumber the rest

The number of students at Greek universities who have not completed their studies within the set time-frame exceeds the number of those who are on target with their work, according to figures released yesterday. The National Statistical Service said that in 2008, 303,036 students (195,152 at universities and 107,874 at technical colleges) still had outstanding courses to be examined in. In the same academic year, a total of 284,219 students enrolled for courses. The previous government had passed a law in 2007 which was aimed at ensuring that students would be given only a short period of grace beyond the normal years of study for their degree but it appears that few educational institutions have actually implemented these measures.