Hellenic education system

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The hellenic education system does not satisfy the children and Hellene voters. Situation, problems, possible alternatives.

Submitted: January 14, 2018

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The hellenic education system is constituted by three grades.The first, which includes one year of kindergarten and six years of elementary school, the second, including three years of gymnasio and three years of lyceum which are nothing more than six years of high school and the third which includes technical institutions and universities.These institutions and universities are four year courses, except the techncial university which is five years and the medicine faculty which is six years.The first and second grade are both public and private.But the third grade is strictly public.The hellenic constitution does not allow for private universities.This issue has been a matter of intense conflict in the last two decades.

One of the main problems of the education system is time wasting.Even though only nine years of school are mandatory, people who have not finished lyceum (twelve years of school) are considered illiterate.Finishing lyceum however happens in the age of 18, universities are another four years and men have a one year mandatory military service.So if one wants to be a doctor, he has to study for six years, go to the army for one year and spent three to six years to make his or her medicine specialization, becoming a specialized, ready to work doctor in his thirties.All these with the assumption he or she does not lose time in the university entry exams(held once per year and rarely successful in the first attempt),during his or her studies and have to wait a few years for a seat for specialization to empty.In a few words, things proceed very slowly in the hellenic education system in the name of an unwritten scholastic tradition.But everyone complains that this whole system is very time wasting.

Another problem is the exams based direction of education.Everything is achieved only after exams and even though from a meritocracy point of view this is fair, from a learning and productive point of view it is very bad.I am not suggesting abolishment of exams, but the egislation of alternate ways of learning such as working papers or reports and any kind learning activity proof would be an education valued option.One the results of the existence of too many exams is the tendency of pupils and students to forget everything after the exams.

The last main problem of the system is its politization.In the universities where I have had personal experience, there is a lot of politization that obstructs the training work and role of universities.Parties have been formed that function as student branches of parties of main politics.This however is totally unproductive and usually a petty reason for meaningless arguments.But that is not the reason students go to universities.It simply becomes the source of much debated meritocracy.

Things in hellenic education system are unlikely to change.That is because the education community is very sensitive and students due to politization react in a very bad way, denying and resisting any kind of change.Only minor changes are likely to happen and the existence of private universities requires a constitutional revision taking at least five years time.


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