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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-05-19

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  • [01] PM Karamanlis confers with education minister
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM Karamanlis confers with education minister

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis met Monday with education minister Evripides Stylianidis, who said in reply to press questions afterwards that the government believes in deregulation of the non-state university, and that the most serious and responsible way to do this was to amend Article 16 of the Constitution.

    The co-existence of non-state higher education institutions with state universities "liberates the creative forces" in the public universities, opens the gateway to Greece for a distinguished scientific community of Greeks currently abroad, and at the same time enables the Greek sponsors to invest in tertiary education without becoming sub-contractors or employees of foreign interests, Stylianidis explained.

    He added that the expansive interpretation of Article 16 enables the establishment of public law legal entities, "but this is a matter that is not being discussed yet, but is being studied, and always exists as a possibility".

    Stylianidis stressed that the government was continuing with reforms at all levels of education, "investing confidence in the Greek state university, and taking care that high level educational services are provided at all levels of education".

    Regarding entrance examinations for tertiary (higher) education, Stylianidis said a discussion was opening on disengaging the Lyceum (grades 9-12) from AEI and TEI (universities and technical colleges) entry (currently, the 12th grade exams double as tertiary education entrance exams), noting that the European trend was to facilitate access to tertiary education, and noted that the way this would be done must be the product of exhaustive discussion with the participation of the entire educational community.

    "We shall formulate a legislative initiative in the next governmental period based on the conclusions to arise from the public dialogue, which will commence within this year," the minister said.

    Caption:ANA-MPA file photo of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Monday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Marfin Bank president and Marfin Investment Group (MIG) vice president Andreas Vgenopoulos' lawsuit against main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou, the non-state universities issue and other reforms in the Education pre-announced by Education Minister Evripidis Stylianidis in an interview with a Sunday daily dominated the headlines on Monday in Athens newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS:"Chaos prevails, as first census of immigrants begins".

    APOGEVMATINI: "94,600 candidates for universities -9 out of 10 will enter the universities"

    AVRIANI: "PASOK identifies itself with the interests that looted Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE) for decades - Former PASOK FinMin Alekos Papadopoulos outraged with Papandreou for his 'hostage' relationships with guilds and collusion".

    CHORA: "Industrialists' mutiny - With the mass media as their weapons, they are attempting to topple Karamanlis and want full control of authority and billions from the funds".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Papandreou threatens that he will send to jail all those entangled in OTE' sell-out because, he wants revenge".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Papandreou toying with Article 16 - In 1998 he stated that he would vote for the Constitutional revision, but today lambasts the government for planning to do so".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Town planning offices inert - Public Administration Inspector targets the 177 town planning offices throughout the country".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Don't speak -Mr. MIG gets angry - Impudence: Operation 'muzzle the politicians' by Vgenopoulos".

    ESTIA: "Ruling party New Democracy (ND) gaining ground - PASOK in state of bewilderment".

    ETHNOS: "Increases in school tuition fees beyond the limits - Price lists that burn with development minister's blessings".

    TA NEA: "10 professions against unemployment, as nationwide exams begin on Tuesday".

    VRADYNI: "Education Minister Evripidis Stylianidis reveals in an interview with the newspaper: New model for universities and non-state colleges".

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