Cyprus Mail

Top education official resigns

HEAD of secondary education Zena Poulli has resigned from her position due what she called political favouritism within the ministry, it emerged yesterday.

After her resignation on Thursday Poulli said she had loved her job and had been happy to work overtime. “I never gave a second thought to the countless hours I spent performing my duties. I fought with passion and with all my strength to provide transparency and meritocracy in my department for the interest of education in our country,” Poulli said in a statement.

“I believe in hierarchy and it is unthinkable to believe that some people without an institutional role have been given powerful posts randomly,” she said.

Education Minister Kyriacos Kenevezos described the reasons for the resignation as baseless.

In a statement issued later yesterday, the minister said he was surprised to hear of the resignation and more surprised with the reasons.

“What is mentioned in the statement, in which Mrs. Poulli’s early voluntary retirement evolved into a resignation, is unwarranted (and) contradict sthe work done and decisions taken in the first four months of the new administration,” the minister said.

Kenevezos said everyone knew the “real reasons” why Poulli wished to resign but did not elaborate further.

The minister nevertheless commended Poulli for her work and wished her the best in her personal and family life.

“I feel it is unnecessary to revisit the matter,” he said.

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