Contentious education bill passes into law

Controversial legislation that is ostensibly aimed at modernising the Greek higher education system, but which has been widely criticised for reverting to outdated teaching models and opening the back door to hirings, was approved in Parliament last week following a tense debate in the House, writes Apostolos Lakasas for ekathimerini.

The bill passed with 147 votes in favour and 100 against following several months of protests by teachers, students and parents opposed to its provisions. Among other things, the bill formalises Education Minister Costas Gavroglou’s plans to merge Greek technical colleges with universities and to create new polytechnics – an initiative that has been vehemently opposed by several higher education institutions, most recently the prestigious National Technical University of Athens.

The initiative is widely seen as a bid by the leftist government to gain popularity in the run-up to elections this year by appointing new academic staff.
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