OPINION

Education must be overhauled

A great deal of fuss is being made over the reduction in the number of schools and hospitals, which is part of the government?s efforts to streamline both sectors.

Greece has experienced too long a period of time during which politicians could spend at will without considering the state of public coffers or doing under-the-table deals without assessing their impact. Those days are now over and the country is looking at a mountain of debt. Gone are the days when politicians could inaugurate a school or college in their home districts to earn voters? favor.

Given the fact that the budgets for the education and health sectors have been slashed, the ministers are doing their duty in streamlining their sectors. In the case of schools, reducing the number of buildings while still keeping the size of classes at the same level is the right way to go.

The decision will certainly create problems for a section of the population, which is right, in turn, to complain. But, as things stand now, there is no other solution and the education minister is right in ignoring the huge political cost of her decision.