About 25,000 Greek students demonstrated in Athens on Wednesday (14 July. They were protesting at?
About 25,000 Greek students demonstrated in Athens on Wednesday (14 July. They were protesting at a government decision to cut down the number of entries to the country's universities.
SYNOPSIS: The students marched through the streets of the capital calling for an expansion in the educational building programme rather than a cutback. The Greek government wants to channel more students towards technical qualifications and less in the direction of a general education. To support this move, it has cut the number of university places from 85,000 to 15,000. It is this that's angered the students.
The demonstrators were not allowed to march to the Greek Parliament and went instead to Athens University. They called for the right to choose their own education and said that government plans were unacceptable. But Greece has been trying to link its economy to a greater extent with its hydro electric and mineral industries and the government says that's why the country needs more technically trained people.