“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance”
Derek Bok, former president of Harvard University
In the deep crisis that Greece is experiencing, the public university, with the support of the State, could be a central pillar of economic development and a means of curbing the rapid rate of social disintegration. Instead, the public university is underfunded, understaffed, shrinking, and heading towards certain collapse and marginalization due to the privatization of higher education. What is more, about 800 young academics are being offered on the altar of dominant austerity policies as another sacrificing Iphigenia.
We, the 800 faculty members of universities around the country, in many cases elected 3 years ago and still waiting to take up our posts, are trapped in an extraordinary hostage situation of professional limbo and scientific stagnation. This long wait is also condemning the next generation of researchers: since 2010 there has been no new call for faculty members. Every scientific and professional prospect for young scholars in the country is vanishing, while the Greek university is rapidly aging and becoming lifeless and impotent.
Because of staff shortages, core courses in different disciplines are no longer taught, leading to the degradation of the quality of higher education. National and international research funds are at risk of being lost and, as a consequence, opportunities for growth are fading fast. Worse still, brain drain to foreign institutions has reached alarming levels.
There is real danger of losing an entire generation of researchers of high calibre, with international experience, exactly at the time when this workforce is most needed by the society. This generation of scientists has been short-sighted condemned by the Greek state to scientific dormancy.
We denounce the unsustainable 2.5% of GDP set aside for education and the depreciation of the public university, as proved once again by the indifference demonstrated by the government towards the elected “un-placed” faculty members as well as by its disregard for our serving colleagues and students.
We demand the immediate placement of all the elected faculty members, with transparent procedures in the order of the appointments.
We oppose all attempts to target and discredit the teaching staff of schools and universities and to degrade education.
We support all struggles against the systematic demolition of the public university.
Αγαπητοί συνάδελφοι και φίλοι,
Θέλουμε την συμμετοχή σας στην συλλογή υπογραφών για τον άμεσο διορισμό των εκλεγμένων μελών Διδακτικού και Ερευνητικού Προσωπικού των δημόσιων πανεπιστημίων, διορισμό ο οποίος εκκρεμεί λόγω της αδιαφορίας της κυβέρνησης απέναντι τόσο στις ανάγκες των πανεπιστημιακών τμημάτων όσο και στις συνέπειες που έχει αυτή η καθυστέρηση για την επιστημονική και υλική επιβίωση των εκλεγμένων μελών ΔΕΠ.
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