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(en) Greece, libertarian students of Patras: MINIMUM BASE OF INTRODUCTION AND REDUCTION OF ENTRANCES[machine translation]

Date Tue, 28 Sep 2021 10:29:47 +0300

In recent years, and especially during the pandemic period, the state has been trying to carry out a complete restructuring in the field of education. With a stack of bills passed recently, the state and capital are launching an unprecedented attack on students and pupils, trying to make education a privilege for the few and the elite, degrade the public character of universities and turn them into spaces. where nothing other than the sterile academic process will take place. The law that abolishes asylum, the law that provides for the establishment of university police, the expulsion of students, the upgrading of disciplinary penalties, the installation of cameras and controlled entry to universities,

The establishment of the Minimum Admission Base is a key pillar of this educational restructuring. The results of this year's national exams, where more than 40,000 students were left out of universities (almost 20,000 more than last year) leave no room for questioning the role that EBE came to serve. The exclusion of thousands of students from higher education actually serves a dual purpose. On the one hand, it intensifies class barriers, as it throws out many students, especially those in the lower classes, who are unable to afford either the cost of expensive tuition or the cost of attending a private educational facility. On the other hand, it leads to the degradation of public education,

The institutionalization of EBE is not a move that came suddenly. On the contrary, it is the last link in a chain of anti-social provisions that were passed and implemented in the previous period, which all serve the same purpose. A few months earlier, the state had passed a law equating private college degrees with those of public universities. This can only be directly linked to the latest developments, in an effort by the rulers to safeguard the interests of the people of their class. Thus, even if a child from the highest financial strata is left out of university, will still have the opportunity (in addition to enrolling in expensive foreign universities) to attend a private college and obtain the same professional rights as someone who has gone on to a public university. Golden works, then, for capital, while protecting the privileges of the ruling classes. Moreover, even before the establishment of the EBE, the state, in good cooperation with the rectorial authorities, which function by nature as belts for the transfer of state mandates and interests to universities, had taken care to reduce the number of students admitted for the new academic year (with the University Patras to hold the first place as the reduction of admissions was of the order of 7.37%). If we combine the ever-increasing decrease in imports with the minimum import base, we conclude that a number of schools and departments, which will either admit few students or not at all, will inevitably lead in the next few years to merging or even closing. This has already been stated by various state officials and is a key goal of the state in its effort to dismantle public education.

However, the main goal of the state and capital through the establishment of EBE is, in addition to the above, the further intensity of labor exploitation and the aggression of the bosses. The thousands of students of the social base, of the lower economic strata, who are thrown out of the universities, it is a given that they will be forced to either enter the labor market directly or to study in a vocational school. In the first case, these people, going in search of work in reality will not have any employment rights since they will be forced to work as unskilled. In the latter case, they enter the labor market with minimal professional rights, clearly less than they would have as university graduates. Creating an army of workers who will be forced to sell their labor power with little labor rights is a coveted goal of every boss, dreaming of capital, which will be able to exercise maximum exploitation at the expense of workers and make the most of it. profit. If this is combined with the new anti-labor law that was passed a few months ago, then we all understand that the state has paved the way for us to work like modern slaves in conditions of a working jungle.

Educational restructuring, the introduction of the Minimum Admission Base and all the other reactionary provisions are not just for students and pupils. They concern the whole society, all those who belong to the lower social strata and wish to study and work in decent and humane terms. For our part, against the dystopian reality evangelized by the rulers, against the creation of a university of ever-increasing class barriers, against the transformation of education into a commodity that serves the interests of the elites and against the attempt to criminalize anti-class, the main weapon we have to oppose is that of collectivization and struggle. Inspired by the dynamic and militant struggles given by the student movement in previous periods, we must remember that nothing was given to us and that everything was won through struggles. We must fight against the appetites of the rulers who dream of universities sterile from all political ferment and debate in order to turn the schools back into living centers of struggle, into places of collective debate, fermentation, challenge and resistance. With decision-making bodies, general assemblies, coordinated weapons - at the base - lasting occupations and mass demonstrations and the vehicle of autonomous and militant student-class unionism, we must defend our needs and interests at all costs.








Libertarian Scheme of the University of Patras

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