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(en) eleftheriakosxhmapatras: SOCIAL STUDENTS AGAINST THE NEW PREFECTURE FOR CHILDREN [machine translation]

Date Sun, 24 May 2020 12:20:41 +0300

On Wednesday, April 22, the new bill of the Ministry of Education was submitted for discussion, which includes significant changes in all levels of education (part of the overall restructuring that has been attempted for many years), which aim to strengthen class barriers, intensify studies and to the even greater restriction of those admitted to higher education. This bill comes to the fore amid a pandemic and a traffic ban, at a time when resistance from below is low and mobilization is quite limited, a period when harsh measures of discipline, control and repression have been imposed by the authorities. Of course, the passage of bills in dead time, that is, in periods of cinematic calm, does not surprise us, as it is a common practice of domination, if we remember bills like this for asylum and the Gavroglou bill in the summer and Easter of 2019 respectively. In addition to the latest education bill, it seems that this period is a great opportunity for the state to attack the society as a whole with a large number of young people, e.g. environmental bill.

More specifically, in terms of secondary education, the new draft law seeks, like the previous one, to restore the theme bank and increase the number of courses to be examined by turning schools into an exam barrier, with the aim of limiting student admission. in the next level of education. In this way, in a school-examination center, the sense of competition between students and stress is cultivated, as they are called upon to constantly prove their "value" and "ability". In addition, the entry of the certificate in the diploma is re-introduced, which aims at the more intense consolidation of the discipline towards the school rules. At the same time, the evaluation of teachers and schools is becoming stricter, As a result, teachers are constantly in a state of insecurity, as those who are not evaluated by the mechanisms with a positive sign, that is, who do not fully comply with the requirements of the system, will be severely punished. Finally, a new change is coming to hit the daily EPAL, the introduction of which will now be possible only until the age of 17. This will lead to the reduction of students - departments and therefore to the reduction of the required number of teachers, while at the same time the flow of students to private IEK is strengthened.

Of course, the new bill could not miss the changes in higher education. In particular, the way is open for the dismantling of the public and free nature of the university, as the possibility of establishing foreign language departments by universities addressed to foreign students and the need to pay tuition fees (eg establishing a foreign language) is established. in the philosophy of EKPA at a cost of 6,000 euros). As an alibi for the above action, the government uses the term "internationalization" of Greek universities and the need to attract foreign students, while in fact it aims at the future creation and consolidation of private universities and the granting of education to the respective desires of capital. Another important point contained in the bill, concerns the transfer process. More specifically, the financial criteria required to transfer a student will now be based on the family or individual income of the last three years, compared to one year that was valid until now. For example, with this system, a family or student who does not have an income in the last year will probably not be eligible for a transfer as the income of the previous two years will be calculated. The possibility of transfer becomes even more difficult with the introduction of the additional academic criterion, ie the possibility of transfer to departments with a limit of 2,750 points of deviation. The above provisions, which are added, reveal in the clearest way the checks of the sovereigns,

Along with the changes in the new bill, the institution of tele-education is also in an experimental stage, a so-called "temporary" and "necessary", due to the pandemic, a teaching method that takes place in the middle of quarantine in the educational community. The government and the media, in an obvious way, applaud the "success" and the possibilities of this way of teaching by attempting its social legitimacy and therefore its future establishment. In particular, tele-education is proposed by the authorities as the ideal solution in cases of squatting and strikes, as the school will now be able to operate smoothly, via the Internet, even under these conditions. Nouns,

At a time when all this is happening, the Ministry of Education is stepping up its attacks on education with the new amendment passed on May 8. This amendment provides, inter alia, for the direct transmission of the lesson taking place in the classroom, the use of distance education in the event of an emergency or unforeseen event, and the increase in the number of students a school class may consist of. Although the government argues that the direct transmission of the lesson is to the benefit of non-privileged students, the reality is that this movement aims to establish surveillance and control of the educational process and raises a number of serious issues. First of all, The placement of the camera in the classroom creates an environment in which substantial interaction and interaction between students and the teacher becomes impossible. However, this communication and the discussion between the members of the class is a central element of the educational process as it contributes to the socialization of the students, to the strengthening of the bonds between teachers and students and thus to the creation of a sense of wholeness. At the same time, monitoring the educational process means that teachers will be evaluated at any time for their work and of course this evaluation will be negative if the teacher chooses to skip the sterile lesson and challenge the government or the existing one. social and economic system. In this way, teachers and students are effectively deprived of the opportunity to talk freely and exchange views on deeper issues. Finally, the direct transmission of the course contributes to the increase of exclusions and class barriers since in fact it excludes from the process the students who belong to the lowest socio-economic strata and cannot access the PC or the internet but also the students. who face any kind of learning difficulties and will not be able to attend the course of the course.

Another important point of the new amendment is the increase in the number of students per class. While teachers have been calling for a reduction in students for years so that communication is more direct and the lesson more effective, the ministry is moving in the opposite direction, putting even more obstacles to the actual educational process. However, apart from the worsening of the conditions of the course, this amendment aims at merging (and therefore reducing) departments, which in turn leads to a reduction in the needs of teachers. This measure will have a particularly high impact on the EPAL as in combination with the age limit of 17 years mentioned above will mean a drastic reduction in the staff of teachers.

Particularly critical is the point of the new amendment, which refers to "the use of distance education in the event of an emergency or unforeseen event". In essence, this measure is in line with what we have said above about the implementation of telecommunications in the university community and shows in the most obvious way that distance education is now entering the educational community and trying to become permanent. In fact, the state will be able to "baptize" any hostile action (occupation, strike, etc.) as an emergency or an unpredictable event and use distance learning to overcome these difficulties and bend the resistance. of society.

In closing, we cannot ignore the fact that as early as May 11, schools have gradually begun to reopen (initially the third high school and the other secondary schools will follow) but without actually taking all the necessary protection measures for them. students and employees (antiseptics, masks, gloves, preventive mass tests, distances, cleaner during normal hours). As a result, members of the school community belonging to vulnerable groups or associating with members of these groups are at immediate risk, under the responsibility of the state.

For our part, against the plans of the above and the even more bleak future that they are preparing both for us and for wider sections of the exploited class, we have to oppose the power that comes from collectivization and struggle. Against the bills, the strengthening of class inequalities, the individualization and the intensification of our studies, we propose the horizontal organization of the struggles on the basis of our common material interests, needs and desires. Against the attempt to weaken and demystify the social and class resistance, we seek to appropriate and transform the university spaces into living centers of struggle, in places of collective discussion, fermentation, questioning and resistance. By decision-making bodies the general meetings,





We support-participate in the mobilization called by ELME Achaia on Tuesday 19-5-2020 at 19:00 at GEORGIOU SQUARE

Freedom Figure of the University of Patras

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