Top-grade hype

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Greece must be among the few coun­tries in the world (if not the only one) where the process of na­tional uni­ver­sity en­trance ex­ams is such a big deal, and is pre­sented as front-page news by all of the me­dia. It is even pre­sented in in­stall­ments: the sub­jects ex­pected; the sub­jects an­nounced; the start of the exam pe­riod; the end of the exam pe­riod; the an­nounce­ment of the min­i­mum grades for en­try at ev­ery school; the an­nounce­ment of stu­dents’ scores. The ob­vi­ous rea­son for this sort of hype is that a per­son’s suc­cess­ful en­try into a uni­ver­sity or tech­ni­cal col­lege is still re­garded as a ma­jor so­cial achieve­ment or a pass­port into the civil ser­vice. Un­for­tu­nately, no one in power has both­ered to deal with adapt­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion to the needs of the mar­ket and the pri­vate sec­tor, ar­guably the engine of an econ­omy.

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