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Arvanitopoulos: The Academic Semester Won't Be Cancelled

k.arvanitopoulosThe Greek Minister of Education, Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos, during an interview to Real FM, assured that universities will open and that the academic semester won’t be cancelled.
“The administrative employees continue a strike that has been declared illegal by Athens Court of First Instance. The Council of State rejected their appeal. The administrative employees do not have the right to violate the rights of a large majority of Greek students and families.” said the Minister.
“Consequently, on Monday, teachers and students will continue  their lessons. If anyone tries to block access to universities, they will be arrested. According to the law, all delinquent acts, even within universities, should be punished. All administrative employees must understand that there are many ways to claim their rights, but not by violating the rights of the rest of the citizens.”
According to Arvanitopoulos, the state will take all necessary measures so that the academic semester won’t be cancelled. He said that, in reality, the courses start at around October 15, and that the 3 weeks of teaching that were put back because of the strike, will be rescheduled.
“All this time the situation was much more complex as many faculty members and students were on strike. Now the landscape is clear.” he said.
Regarding the rumored civil mobilization of administrative employees, the Minister stated that it would be unnecessary. He finally reported that since, both teachers and students have expressed the will to reopen the universities, their function cannot be hindered.

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