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College diplomas will be recognized, but as a lower level than expected by owners

05 January 2010 / 13:01:05  GRReporter
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Education Minister Anna Diamandopoulou announced that graduates of private colleges will be considered to have completed an after-high school education, and their diplomas will not be equivalent to those of universities. Ministry of Education announced a public debate and plan for lifelong learning. The ministry implemented the European Directive on the eight levels of professional qualification, from which the eighth is a Doctorate, the seventh is a Masters and the sixth - a university degree.

The truth is that until the last moment the owners of private colleges hoped that diplomas issued by them will be equivalent to those from universities. During the upcoming days expected is an avalanche of discontent because, according to the President of the Association of Private Colleges Konstantinos Karakanias they have been trying to meet with the Minister of Education for three months but they still have not been able to talk to her. 

The owners of the colleges are ready to turn to justice because they believe that when cooperating with foreign universities, diplomas given to their students cannot be lower level than ones given by university. Based on the new law colleges will be called Centers for Free Education, which will be certified and will be granted operation permits by the National Center for Vocational Training.

On the other hand an indication that the education of the country is "limping" is the low participation of adults in lifelong learning training programs. According to data for all European countries, Greece is among the countries with the lowest percentage of adults over 24 years of age, who continue their education and qualification. Currently, Sweden has the highest percentage (32%), Greece takes up 27 place with 2.9%, while Bulgaria ranks last among the 32 countries with 1.4%. The goal of the Greek government is for the percentage of the country to rise to 5% by 2013.


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