Tertiary education held hostage

The recent wave of sit-in demonstrations is an indication of how groups of students have abused asylum legislation to break the law at their own universities. But this is not the only problem. More alarming is the fact that they have decided to export their lawbreaking behavior to other university institutions. So after a small group of people occupied the University of Crete premises, they are now out to block elections at a nearby technical college. It is once again patently clear that unless illegality is stamped out, it spreads and provides motivation for more serious forms of lawbreaking. Greece’s university education is a mess. A small minority of protesters is holding the majority of students hostage. Apart from impeding plans for a more democratic procedure in the election of rectors, they stifle all hope for the upgrading of state universities. And all sides have a duty to take a stand on this.