22 January 2014 17:58

Members of left-wing student union Proodeftiki on Tuesday demonstrated outside the House of Representatives in protest to a Disy proposal to introduce three-year undergraduate degrees.
State universities currently offer four-year Bachelor degree programmes with Disy MP George Tasou suggesting that government funds could be bolstered by reducing their length to three years, as is the practice in some countries including the UK.
In a statement yesterday, left-wing youth organisation Edon said that Tasou's proposal presented the issue from only a financial standpoint "deliberately concealing all the other social and educational aspects of the issue. Approaching educational matters through financial scope is very dangerous."
Edon said that reducing the length of the course would "in practice constitute degrading the degree.
"It degrades the knowledge and skill applied at an undergraduate level, reducing the value of the degree and enhancing class barriers."
The youth organisation said a shorter course would not prepare students properly and leave them vulnerable in the workplace.
"This model will lead the majority of our graduates into a vicious circle or training-employment-unemployment-re-training," Edon continued, noting that many other EU countries including Germany, Holland and Austria had not accepted the introduction of three-year undergraduate degrees.
"We also note that at Greece's two largest universities, the Metsovio and the Aristotelio, the administrations had disagreed with a series of measures moving in this direction," Edon said.
The Coimbra group, made up of universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Geneva, Granada, Edinburgh, Montpelier and others had agreed that "three-year undergraduate cycles are catastrophic to university education", it added.
Edon also welcomed that, during the House Education Committee meeting "the majority of the MPs, like the majority of the political youth organisations, disagreed with the specific proposal".
Noting that the great majority of academics at the public and private universities felt the same, it called on Tasou to  withdraw his proposal.


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