Students strike for education

Germany“Students at secondary and higher education institutions staged campaigns throughout Germany calling for a better education policy last week. The ‘education strike’ focused on a new, six-semester bachelor degree courses and plans to shorten secondary education without any substantial reform of contents in either sector. There were calls for an immediate abolition of tuition fees and protests over poor student-teacher ratios and studying facilities. Students also objected to a policy of ‘neglecting the masses and promoting elite education’. Addressing a rally in Berlin, Stefanie Graf of the Socialist Association of Students claimed that ‘Bologna has failed. We want to decide what we study ourselves – for at least eight semesters’ …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 28 June]

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