Seeking an education concensus

The Socialist administration of George Papandreou seems to be backpedaling on its education system reforms. The ambitious but mostly warranted proposals put forward by the Education Ministry seem to have been shelved ahead of the local elections and under the threat of student protests. It’s too bad that a major segment of the academic community seems to have given in at the first sign of pressure from students and unionists. But education is a serious national issue that must not be sacrificed for political concerns. Despite its negationism on the issue of the memorandum signed with the EU and the IMF, the main opposition New Democracy party led by Antonis Samaras has shown its willingness to cooperate on education reform. Ideally Papandreou and Samaras could join forces on a set of reforms that could then be voted into law. A good university education is a prerequisite for the economic growth Greece so sorely needs.

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