Greece’s Deputy Education Minister Kostas Zouraris is known for his controversial and often provocative views. Some times, he even can get downright offensive, and sticks to his unprofessional behavior.
The 77-year-old academic got elected to parliament in 2015 with the Independent Greeks and in the November 2016 cabinet reshuffle he was appointed deputy education minister.
Since then, he stirred waters in several issues with statements like “Greece is like India”, or “it wouldn’t really matter if we lost some islands to Turkey”, “Greece is a country under occupation” and “whoever says Fidel Castro was a dictator is an a#@&ole” are only some of the most provocative.
His latest show in vulgarity were the comments he made in defending the decision of the education ministry to ban high school trips abroad “as a measure in favor of poorer students who can not afford them”. He further said that high school trips are an opportunity for students to “visit brothels” and that “students might as well go to brothels at another time.”
With this vulgar statement Zouraris – an otherwise well-educated academic with a remarkable ability in clever word-making – showed that he has no respect whatsoever for Greek students. He also shows no respect to the teachers, by implying that they allow students to do things that have nothing to do with education during school trips. In other words, he attacks the whole education system that he supposedly serves. And instead of working to improve the system of school trips, he and the minister, Kostas Gavroglou, prefer to ban the trips abroad altogether.
Zouraris is just another example of Greece’s ailing political system, where politicians stand out only when they make noise, by provoking, lying big or slandering the opponent. He is the parliament’s smartass, the man who speaks only when he wants to make an impression, very seldom when he has something meaningful or important to say.
He is also a representative of an administration that for three years now has done absolutely nothing to relieve Greeks of the plights brought by the economic crisis. They continue the policies of the previous government, the one they so fiercely fought to replace. Instead of putting the slightest effort to improve the lives of Greeks, Zouraris and his colleagues, for three years now, keep blaming all administrations of the past 40 years for the mess the country is in.