A sham­bolic po­lit­i­cal sys­tem

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Not only is the vile­ness of the Greek po­lit­i­cal sys­tem not de­creas­ing, it is sky­rock­et­ing ex­po­nen­tially. The de­fi­cien­cies of the sys­tem are ev­ery­where to be seen – not least in the field of higher ed­u­ca­tion, where po­lit­i­cal au­thor­i­ties seem un­able to make a mean­ing­ful im­pact. The ef­fort a few years ago to re­struc­ture uni­ver­si­ties and tech­ni­cal col­leges is a case in point. That ef­fort was half­baked due to op­po­si­tion from within and soon fell by the way­side. Things are no bet­ter to­day as the same po­lit­i­cal weak­nesses are ap­par­ent in the de­ci­sion of au­thor­i­ties not to close de­part­ments that fail to draw an ad­e­quate num­ber of stu­dents, and in the im­po­si­tion on deans of or­ders from above to ac­cept the trans­fer of stu­dents with con­nec­tions to in­sti­tu­tions of their choice around the coun­try. It is this sort of wheel­ing and deal­ing that has led us to bank­ruptcy. And, un­for­tu­nately, these prac­tices con­tinue un­abated to­day.

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