The proposal of Greek Education Minister Nikos Filis to legalize 2,500 public sector employees who were hired using forged school degrees has caused an uproar among opposition parties.
Reportedly, Filis stated that the 2,500 people who had been hired in the public sector presenting fake documents would have the right to take examinations this summer and get their school degrees officially. After that, they can continue to serve in their positions.
Filis based his decision on a bill article that was never implemented and was passed by former education minister Marrieta Giannakou Koutsikou.
The issue came to light by the union of private school teachers who publicized the details of civil servants with fake or irregular degrees.
The education ministry‘s argument is that it cannot discriminate against irregular and illegal degree holders. The ministry also blamed previous education ministers who never looked into the matter and left a legal loophole.
Officials of the Inspectors-Controllers Body for Public Administration found 2,500 civil servants who were hired using illegal documents after two years of investigations in the framework of a past government decision to evaluate public sector employees.
It should be noted that the employees who were laid off after they were found to be hired using illegal means, were reinstated immediately, after a pre-election SYRIZA pledge that all civil servants who were fired by the previous government will be rehired, regardless of the reason they were fired.
Main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he hopes that the government will not sink to such lows of essentially legalizing unrighteousness and lawlessness.
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