Home / News / Local News / Schools at the ready

Schools at the ready

The Education Ministry believes that the new school year will get off without a glitch, confident in the preparation and planning to ensure schools are fully staffed and that the necessary infrastructure ready.

In a press conference on Friday, Education Minister Costas Kadis expressed his belief that the schools are ready to tackle the challenges of the new academic year that lies ahead.

Primary, nursery and special schools are set to start on September 11.

Related stories

A total of 332 primary schools, 271 public nursery schools, nine special schools and 102 special units at primary and nursery schools will be operational.

A total of 50,952 pupils will attend state primary schools for the 2017-2018 while 17,596 pupils will attend gymnasiums and a further 21,603 Lyceums which will open on September 7.

Teaching personnel will number 4,398 of which 4,264 are permanent staff while 134 are temporary. There are also a further 747 special education teachers and 785 nursery school teachers.

The Education Ministry has also introduced measures to enhance the school units which includes each school determining specific targets for the academic year aimed at pupil-teacher cooperation, the introduction of cold, clean-running drinking water and introducing photovoltaic systems to the schools.

Aids have been prepared for teaching staff which include handling and managing cases of child sex abuse, guide for the transition between nursery and primary school, guide for the transition from primary school to high school and a guide for nursery school teachers outlining the  all-round development and education of pre-school children.

Students attending the Technical schools, Lyceums and Gymnasiums will each be given a diary. They will also be offered a programme of education and optional certification of high school students in digital skills (ECDL), special manuals for pupils with visual impairment, school-leaving certificates will be available from schools in foreign languages, the introduction of a HPV vaccine inoculation programme, the introduction of the 1480 cyber-bullying helpline and the introduction of a pilot programme for the transfer of children with mobility problems.

The Education Ministry has also introduced measures to enhance its operational policies and include the implementation of new secondary education regulations, reviewing the issue of night classes, the introduction of information and psychosocial support centers in schools, increase the number of schools participating in the School and Social Integration Action Programme (DRASE), increase the number of optional Full-Day Schools, the extension of the fruit and vegetable programme and introducing biological products to school canteens.

Check Also

Tourist dies in the sea off Paphos

Police in Paphos say a man has died after going swimming in what has been …

Paphos police arrest drunken passenger at airport

A passenger waiting to depart Paphos Airport ended up in a police cell on Friday …