The National Council for Education on Wednesday unveiled its proposals for reforming the education system in a report that Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou presented to Prime Minister George Papandreou.

This called for a change to the current system of nationwide university entrance exams and a streamlining of the large variety of unnecessary specialist departments in universities and technical colleges.

The minister said that the Council's suggestions would be taken into account in the drafting of a draft law on education reform that is currently in the early stages of preparation.

The Council chairman A. Lykourgiotis noted that there was broad consensus on many issues in the report though objections had been voiced concerning the administration of universities and ensuring that the new exam system was not subject to abuse.

One bone of contention was the method of electing a university rector or technical college president, with academics reacting to the ministry's proposals for radical changes.