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24 March, 2000
Main opposition New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis on Thursday outlined his party's proposals on education in an address to secondary education teachers.
Karamanlis spoke of the need for a national dialogue to be enacted to enable the shaping of a system spanning a 20-year period. He also proposed abolition of examinations for the senior high school second grade, adding that 5 percent of GDP and 20 percent of the 3rd Community Support Framework should go to education, a tutorial salary scale should be drawn up and a new system of teachers' appointments should be established with the abolition of the waiting list.
Other proposals made by Karamanlis include the possibility of schools to choose their books freely, the gradual establishment of 12-year compulsory schooling, the development of a scholarships and loans system for students, automatic recognition of European university degrees, administrative and economic self-sufficiency for universities and the creation of non-state universities.
Karamanlis criticized government policy and said that Greece can conquer the new era "provided we get away from the distortions of the past and rid ourselves of the mentalities of the most morbid establishment experienced by the country."
Karamanlis also took the opportunity to focus on ecological problems, migration, AIDS, crime, drugs and such social phenomena as cynicism, individualism and the cultivation of subculture.
Source: Athens News Agency