OPINION

Invest in education, not ghosts

According to all indications, Greece has an excessively high number of universities and technical colleges in particular, relative to the size of its student population. The opportunistic and – by extension – highly irresponsible decision by successive governments to create even more such institutions over the past decades has resulted in the establishment of numerous ghost-colleges which cost a great deal to maintain and run but which offer virtually nothing to the education of our youth. Of course, one can understand the concerns of the communities in rural areas that host these technical colleges and their students (and which make plenty of money from their presence there) but we have reached an impasse. The current conservative administration along with the Socialist opposition must undertake a commitment not to set up more unnecessary institutions, adapt existing ones to the new labor conditions and close down those that no longer have any reason whatsoever for operating.