Easy university life in Greece: going to class is not necessary

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ATHENS – Greek university students who find it difficult to enter don’t have to struggle after this, as they don’t have to go to class or graduate and 33% of them said they were allowed to stay despite their failures.

Greece has the highest number of university students per capita – 7.4% – in the European Union, almost double the bloc average of 3.8% – but only 44% of 30-34 year olds are graduates, against 40% for the EU.

This was found in a report by the National Authority for Higher Education which indicated the dismal data of Greek universities which rank at the bottom of the list of the best in the world and have no competition from private universities whose degrees are not accepted for the public. sector work.

Worse still, Kathimerini said in a report on the results, there is a “qualitative deficit” – meaning students are doing the minimum work necessary to succeed and graduate, although there is still the problem. “eternal students”, who can stay on the roll until retirement time and do not graduate.

“Almost one in three students performs very badly in exams, with a mark of 1, 2 or 3 (out of 10),” said Eugenia Bournova, a professor at the University of Athens, adding that attendance should be compulsory and the classes smaller to encourage better results. .

The non-learning atmosphere is prevalent along with the cheating scandals and constant incidents of violence and sit-ins and the university facilities are taken over by students who want no standards.

“Many students study from photocopies made by others who go to class and sell their notes,” Loukas Vlahos, a physics professor at the University of Thessaloniki, told the newspaper.

In 2017, some 106 students at the University of Patras, in Greece’s third-largest city, were caught up in a mass cheating scandal, the official Athens-Macedonia News Agency (ANMA) said at the time. ).

Most were first-year students and all submitted the same papers in four separate course exercises, the head of the business management department said, with the work accounting for 30% of the final grade.

The students received as little penalty as possible despite cheating, essentially avoiding any real punishment, and were allowed to stay in school.

Greek universities are ranked among the lowest in the European Union, plagued by student protests, staff nepotism and poor infrastructure, Agence France-Presse (AFP) said.

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