Abstract

Going beyond labels and stereotypes, this article tries to identify the real sources of malaise in the Greek educational system and to discuss a number of alternative policies that could revive that system. The major problems are the constitutional prohibition against private universities, tuition-free attendance at public universities, constrained public resources for education, and the effective numerical limit for university entry. These have created a real impasse. Attempts at educational reform have consisted of legislation regarding details whereas what is needed is a drastic reform that addresses the incentives perceived by university students and staff. Selective tuition fees in public universities and removal of the prohibition against private universities would help to bring the system back into equilibrium, to attract better staff, and to improve the quality of instruction.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3265
Print ISSN
0738-1727
Pages
pp. 293-298
Launched on MUSE
2010-06-24
Open Access
No
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