Pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties a bone of con­tention in de­bate by MPs

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The gulf be­tween the left­ist-led coali­tion and most op­po­si­tion par­ties re­gard­ing the prospect of a con­sti­tu­tional re­vi­sion that would al­low pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties to op­er­ate in Greece was clear yes­ter­day dur­ing the sec­ond day of a com­mit­tee-level de­bate in Par­lia­ment on the sub­ject.

Such a change would be the “ul­ti­mate re­form, an ex­plo­sive re­form in the foun­da­tions of statism,” con­ser­va­tive New Democ­racy’s shadow ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Niki Ker­ameus told the panel. “The time has come for our coun­try to stop the state monopoly in the pro­vi­sion of higher ed­u­ca­tion.”

The stance of left­ist SYRIZA was clear from the be­gin­ning of the de­bate, with Al­ter­nate For­eign Min­is­ter Gior­gos Ka­trouga­los de­scrib­ing ND’s pro­posal for re­form as “re­ac­tionary.” For­mer al­ter­nate ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Sia Anag­nos­topoulou said such a re­form would amount to “sell­ing off pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion.”

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