There appear to be significant changes afoot at Greek universities. Academics interested in managing educational institutions – as opposed to exchanging favors with unionists and party folk – have finally been elected to run the country’s major local universities. Nevertheless, at a time when the academic community is showing signs of responsibility, the political system is engaged in an increasing wave of irresponsibility.
A recent example of this concerns university transfers. Parliament has approved a law without calculating the legislation’s consequences. Thousands of Greek families are eagerly awaiting to see whether their children will enrol at universities other than the ones they were originally admitted to. Deans are in despair as they are called on to admit more students than originally planned on reduced budgets. The fact that the legislation was approved is not an excuse. The government should shoulder the responsibility of withdrawing a political favor which cannot be implemented, destroying universities and deeply angering society.