Dismantling education

The kind of changes which are currently being announced on a daily basis with regard to the reform of the Greek education system by the newly elected administration do nothing but cause concern and sadness.

These changes bear absolutely no resemblance to the proposals put forward by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to help Greece get on the right path of reforms.

They have nothing to do with what is going on in education in the rest of the world or with what needs to be done in Greece in order for the country to become more competitive.

If the proposed changes are actually implemented, the country’s education system is set to return to the sorry state of affairs it experienced during the 1980s.

Education, Culture and Religious Affairs Minister Aristides Baltas is a serious, decent man. Nevertheless, he should not allow his own ideological obsessions leave schools and universities in the hands of mediocre academics and administrators, union affiliates and party hacks.