OPINION

A crucial investment

It has long been the case that the quality of education in a country largely determines its cultural development and its economic competitiveness. Empowering human resources is regarded as the most productive investment. Everyone talks about the «knowledge society» but Greece continues to display unacceptable shortfalls in this area. It is commonly accepted that neither Greek schools nor universities adequately fulfill their purpose, a fact borne out by studies. There are certain exceptions, especially in higher education, but these merely highlight overall inadequacies. It is comforting, however, that after so many years of poor quality education, the time is finally right for a consensus on education policy. There has also been a significant shift in public opinion, with greater willingness toward bold reforms in the operation of universities and schools… It is generally accepted that the current educational system has no internal logic, does not adequately exploit modern technology and does not cultivate the taking of initiative and critical thinking of students. Extra funding would undoubtedly improve the situation but much could be achieved with the better exploitation of existing funds. Vital prerequisites are: to consolidate a new mentality, to radically reform courses of study and to establish a reliable system for assessing both teachers and students on all levels…