Students pay the price

Families in Greece have always done their best to make sure that their children get a university education.

Freshmen across the country have this year been unable to enroll at institutions and begin classes, which have been delayed for a month and a half, due to strikes by administrative staff and rectors opposed to the government’s decision to transfer employees into a mobility scheme.

Reactions are understandable when they come from people who are afraid of losing their jobs. Most of the blame for the current woes does not lie with Education Minister Constantinos Arvanitopoulos but with previous politicians who, in cooperation with rectors and other officials, went on to hire hordes of cronies, turning a blind eye to the genuine needs of the institutions.

It’s a shame that young students are now suffering because of other people’s sins. Universities must open their doors as soon as possible.