The senates of Athens University and the National Technical University of Athens announced this week that they were shutting down the institutions as they were unable to function following the mass departure of staff. But the country’s university institutions must not shut down.
The vast majority of students and their families demand that universities stay open. Access to education cannot be sacrificed on the alter of unionist and partisan games.
Certain rectors were elected to their posts thanks to their dealings with veteran members of student unions (better known here as “foititopateres”) and union representatives of university staff.
These rectors have never operated as true managers. Instead, they did their job like most Greek politicians before the crisis, indulging in political bribes and wasteful policies.
Now, rather than putting their houses in order, they have chosen to hide behind various slogans and ideologies, depriving the younger generations of the right to study.