OPINION

Shortsighted plans?

It’s time for an end to the unacceptable practice whereby virtually every new government attempts a new «revolution» or bold reforms in the education sector… The funny thing is that these reforms are nearly always shortsighted, that they are always aimed at tackling problems up until the expiry of the current government’s term so that the administration in power can be see to have «left something behind» – as well as to win voter support. It doesn’t take an expert in matters of education to know that it takes at least one generation before a new «education system» can start bearing fruit, and that any restructuring or reforms need to begin at the foundations – that is, from kindergarten, rather than in higher education. The current government and in particular Education Minister Marietta Giannakou appear determined to make a concerted effort to restructure the existing education system with the aim of shaping a comprehensive national policy for education. And it is hoped these reforms will be pursued by the current government despite the fact that it might be future governments that eventually implement them. One positive sign is that there is an overall consensus between the two main political parties on matters of education, especially on plans to create private universities…