Making a mess of reforms
A reform in the hands of an inept or corrupt politician is usually very bad news. We have seen it before in the previous education minister’s handling of administrative staff layoffs at universities across the country – a process which took place without any real evaluation. Meanwhile, authorities went on to increase the number of students who could apply for a transfer to a different institution. The result naturally was that many universities were stretched beyond capacity. Officials who prepared the legislation evidently had no idea what they were doing. The same applies to those who supported the legislation in Parliament. Thousands of families now have to pay the price for those mistakes. The situation has to be tackled by the rectors who genuinely want to change things at Greece’s tertiary institutions.