In tertiary reform, reason must prevail

Reason prevailed, after all. One after the other, the associations representing Greece’s university professors are reacting to the disastrous policy followed by the Hellenic Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (POSDEP). As a result, academics are voting down a proposal to strike until June 1, as it was put forward by the federation. The responsible stand of the academic community and the return of academics to the classroom has raised hopes that Greece’s higher education system will soon be lifted from its quagmire. These difficult times for the country’s troubled tertiary education system call for swift action based on reason and good faith. These characteristics are not absent from the foundations of the education movement but they are often eclipsed by bureaucracy and vested interests.