OPINION

The rising cost of the education crisis

The student rallies held in the streets of downtown Athens have cost shop owners some -400 million, at least according to the traders’ association. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Tens of thousands of young people are not attending their courses. The learning process has come to a halt. Students are hostage to the vested interests of minorities who have decided to shut down Greece’s universities. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of parents are digging deep into their pockets to finance their children’s lost classes. The burgeoning financial burden is fueling a mutated social rage which will turn against the minorities – but, most worryingly, also against the fair education demands. Future demands for higher education spending will find no favor from a public fed up with troublesome demonstrations.