OPINION

Dialogue with no purpose

Dialogue is always a good thing, but of course only as long as it has a purpose, a plan and, most importantly, a real basis for being held. This is why the announcement by new Education Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos that he will be wiping the dialogue slate clean and starting talks on reform in the sector from scratch may sound impressive, but is essentially nothing but empty talk. Whatever the case in question, dialogue always has a basis, and the government already has the groundwork prepared by the National Educational Council as well the measures adopted by former Education Minister Marietta Giannakou. Furthermore, dialogue is only useful if it leads to solutions and education reform has already been discussed for the last 10 years, more intensely in the last five. One thing has arisen from all this talk: Almost everyone, except a small minority, agrees that a great deal has to change. And right now the conditions are ripe for education reforms to finally be completed, first of all by fully implementing the law voted by Parliament just two years ago.