A per­verse men­tal­ity

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It is time for the per­verse and back­wards men­tal­ity that has pre­vailed for such a long time in many Greek uni­ver­si­ties to be quashed. The re­cent events at the Univer­sity of Pa­tra, where more than 100 stu­dents were found to have sub­mit­ted an iden­ti­cal as­sign­ment pa­per in June, is no mere co­in­ci­dence. It also comes as no sur­prise, even though such an oc­cur­rence should be a shock­ing scan­dal at an in­sti­tu­tion that’s sup­posed to ed­u­cate peo­ple. Many univer­sity stu­dents be­lieve that it’s okay to cheat off of some­body else’s work be­cause the lack­eys in the youth wings of po­lit­i­cal par­ties have their backs. The main op­po­si­tion party, New Democ­racy, re­sponded cor­rectly to this scan­dal by ask­ing for the res­ig­na­tion of the Pa­tra chief of its youth wing af­ter he – and PASOK’s youth wing – de­manded that the stu­dents who did the cheat­ing not be pun­ished.

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