Greece is once again in the midst of a nationwide strike
as all major Greek unions are showing solidarity and support to university students who are opposing a much-needed and much-delayed education reform bill. So, as usual, when university students are unhappy about something or other, the rest of the country has to pay the price: buses, taxis, banks, courts and hospitals become off-limits to all Greeks.
Among the proposed changes in the bill, is the eradication of so-called "eternal students" from state-run universities with the introduction of fixed time periods during which students can gain a degree. Until now, students could pursue a degree for an indefinite period, with many taking more than a decade to complete their degree.
Many male students stay in university indefinitely in order to avoid the military draft and their avoidance of their military duty keeps other students from attending university since there's a limited number of admissions each year. You'd think that people would be happy by the creation of more learning institutions but only public universities are recognized in Greece and the students are opposing the government's decision to create private universities because private universities would "devalue state degrees and commercialize education".
God forbid we should get a "commercialized" education that might actually get us a good-paying job, then what would we have to strike about?