Earlier this morning, the Rector of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens Theodosis Pelegrinis, spoke at Propylaea, the location of the university’s main building. Pelegrinis is the Rector who was being handed over to the Supreme Disciplinary Council by the Minister of Education.
During his speech he said, “I don’t know if I will be here tomorrow, but I am proud of the university employees who are giving society a lesson in how to fight.” Then, he accused the Ministry of Education of treating the universities autocratically rather than correcting mistakes and punishing the employees with new mistakes.
After a council letter accusing him of misconduct was sent out from the Ministry’s press office, he also accused the current University Council of conspiring with the Ministry of Education. A few hours ago, the University Senate announced: “by unanimous decision the University Senate found that there is no reason from acts and omissions of Theodosis Pelegrinis to be referred to the Disciplinary council.” Furthermore, according to the president of the University Senate, the University Senate does not have the power to decide for the appeal of the Ministry of Education, due to a legal gap. At the same time, the Dean Mr. Pelegrinis said that his decisions are in line with the academic community. He also said that “if we do not want to lose the academic semester, the university must first be saved.”
On the other hand, the Minister of Education Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos believed that his move against the Dean would urge the administrative staff to back down from their struggle. However, he had the opposite effect and rallied opposing factions within the university.
Additionally, the administrative employee union has canceled its meeting that was originally planned for today. They rescheduled it for Thursday, after their 48-hour strike ends.
The administrative employees at the National Technical University of Athens will meet later today to decide on the future of their strike which appears to be coming to an end, as 6 of the 9 departments are operating without any problems.
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