Un­al­tered spirit

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While cab­i­net min­is­ters have changed, the gov­ern­ment’s spirit re­mains un­changed in ed­u­ca­tion. The coali­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion seems set on bring­ing back or re­viv­ing recipes which re­peat­edly proved dis­as­trous in the past: From set­ting a grade of 8 as a pass mark for ma­jor cour­ses to the so-called “eter­nal stu­dents,” and now the rein­tro­duc­tion of stu­dent coun­cils which will have a say in how schools op­er­ate. All of this comes un­der the guise of de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion and de­cen­tral­iza­tion of re­spon­si­bil­ity, but in re­al­ity it pro­motes the devel­op­ment of new breeds of “left­ist” of­fi­cials while fur­ther un­der­min­ing di­rec­tors’ power. A prime min­is­ter did emerge from stu­dent coun­cils, but so did ma­jor ig­no­rance.

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