Lacking courage for change

Amendments being introduced to a law reforming tertiary education are sending out a message which is loud and clear:

Even when voted by the overwhelming majority of parliamentary deputies, a law will not be implemented if this is the will of the people who represent vested interests.

In the case of the tertiary education bill proposed by former Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou and ratified by Parliament last year, direct comparisons can be made between the ?the law of workers is justice? slogan and the familiar practices of left-wing parties and unionists, with the position adopted by university deans and student unionists

The latter are now going as far as opposing the amendments that are being introduced as well, clearly in line with the main opposition party, SYRIZA, and its chief Alexis Tsipras.

When the state lacks the courage to make vital changes in sections of the public sector which are admittedly suffering, such as the field of tertiary education, the conclusions are nothing short of disappointing.

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