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Greek Students Challenge Minister to Stay in Run-down Dorm

February 22, 2018

ATHENS – Students living in near-squalid dormitory rooms at the National Technical University of Athens dared Education Minister Costas Gavroglou to spend one night there to see how bad it is.

They put out a series of photographs showing destroyed communal areas, broken windows, rusted water pipes, moldy walls and broken toilets as an illustration of what they’re being forced to live in but there was no response from his office.

“Just a few photos suffice to illustrate the situation,” Nikos Fasas, a member of the Students’ Struggle Front, told Kathimerini, showing off the pictures.

The students have little leverage though because the demand for dorm rooms remains high because of an eight-year-long economic crisis with ministry data showing the number of rooms at dorms or hotels rented out by universities represent just 9 percent of the 150,000 or so students studying away from home.

The ruling Radical Left SYRIZA wants virtually no standards at universities and a former Education Minister said the party doesn’t believe excellence in education is a virtue.

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