Top-grade hype

Greece must be among the few countries in the world (if not the only one) where the process of national university entrance exams is such a big deal, and is presented as front-page news by all of the media.

It is even presented in installments: the subjects expected; the subjects announced; the start of the exam period; the end of the exam period; the announcement of the minimum grades for entry at every school; the announcement of students’ scores.

The obvious reason for this sort of hype is that a person’s successful entry into a university or technical college is still regarded as a major social achievement or a passport into the civil service.

Unfortunately, no one in power has bothered to deal with adapting higher education to the needs of the market and the private sector, arguably the engine of an economy.