Greek law enforcement officials clashed with protestors waving picket poles with purple flags at demonstrations that passed off Thursday night time decrying Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ invoice that may grant licenses to overseas universities to function inside the nation. Videos seem to indicate that police later utilized tear fuel towards the protestors after a number of of their officers had been allegedly attacked.
If the bill is handed, overseas universities will likely be granted permission to determine branches in Greece by way of new investments or non-public schools as long as they meet the requirements outlined by the state. Prime Minister Mitsotakis introduced the controversial invoice in December 2023 and celebrated the “substantial abolition of the state monopoly in increased schooling” and the potential of introducing non-state funded universities to the nation.
Mitsotakis insisted, in an interview with Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the President of Greece, that these “upgrades” and reforms to increased schooling wouldn’t imply that funding for public universities would stop, and that requirements for overseas, non-state universities would stay “extremely excessive” to make sure that instructional high quality is maintained all through. He additional added that he believed that almost all of Greek residents would approve of the invoice and subsequent reform. Further advantages would come with Greek college students pressured to journey overseas to check at their chosen universities being given the choice of staying residence to check and that the modifications would positively impression the economic system. In line with Article 16 of the Greek Structure, the institution of personal universities is strictly prohibited, with it mandating that schooling is “strictly free” and an obligation of the state. Due to this fact, Mitsotakis can be altering many years of precedent by permitting non-public universities to exist within the nation.
The invoice is about to be debated later this month amidst considerations that it would defund and devalue the general public establishments many Greeks have relied upon and supported to achieve the next schooling.