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Tsipras Intervention for Private Universities: Mitsotakis Regressive Revenge, Not Prosperous

Tsipras Intervention for Private Universities: Mitsotakis Regressive Revenge, Not Prosperous

Alexis Tsipras, former Prime Minister and head of the SYRIZA-Progressive coalition, intervened in the bill to establish private universities.

As Alexis Tsipras says in his report, “The Mitsotakis government today is trying a reactionary revenge. It ignores the spirit and letter of the constitution and legalizes the possibility of establishing non-profit private universities.”

The former Prime Minister has warned about the institutionalization of the country. “This is another step in the downward spiral of systematic devaluation of institutions, even the Constitution itself, by a government that, every time it is dropped for it, simply responds that it was elected with 41% of the vote,” he characteristically notes.

However, the bill for private universities, he says, is “another opportunity to profit from hard-earned interests.” So big, we can't wait three years for the next constitutional amendment.

At the same time, Alexis Tsipras points out that the bill will not succeed “even if the establishment of private and non-profit universities – despite the constitution, becomes the law of the state today”.

Alexis Tsipras' position in detail:

“From the 15% for tuition in the 1960s to the Bread-Education-Freedom of the Polytechnic University and the struggles of students, students and their teachers in recent years, the struggles for public and free education have always been intertwined with the struggles of our people for democracy, freedom and justice. Because the right to education is not granted equally to all. Society is a withering society.

The Mitsotakis government today is attempting a reactionary revenge. Ignoring the spirit and letter of the constitution, the law allows for the establishment of non-profit private universities.

Indeed, since the early nineties, when ND has continued to support the establishment of private universities for years, it never occurred to them to introduce or propose their legislation without amending Article 16?

Have they discovered today that the Constitution is not a barrier?

Apparently not.

It is another step in a downward spiral of systematic discrediting of institutions, even the constitution itself, by a government that simply responds that it was elected with 41% of the vote each time it is abandoned.

After all, this is another opportunity to profit from vested interests. So big, we can't wait three years for the next constitutional amendment.

However, education is a very serious national matter for the democratic people, youth, teachers, parents, educational community and cannot be left at the mercy of government arrogance and speculation.

Any reform needed in higher education cannot happen without serious dialogue with all stakeholders and society. Without the means to implement it. without the necessary social approval.

So, despite the Constitution, even if the establishment of private and for-profit universities becomes the law of the state today, one thing is certain: it will not thrive.”