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Pyrgos parents fear cut in teachers

PARENTS of children attending the Kato Pyrgos primary school have warned they are planning to take action against any effort by the education ministry to reduce the number of teachers at the school.

In a general assembly on Tuesday night, the Kato Pyrgos primary school parents association approved the use of ‘dynamic measures’ in the event the ministry goes back on a 2011agreement regarding the remote school in the northwest of the island.

According to an announcement by parents association head Nicos Cleanthous, the September 2011 agreement stipulated that the ministry would keep five full-time teachers, one part-time teacher and a school head at the Kato Pyrgos primary school regardless of how many children attend.

Should the ministry choose to violate this agreement, parents agreed to close the school and transport the primary pupils to Nicosia where they will put them outside the education ministry for as many days as necessary until the ministry sticks to its side of the bargain, said Cleanthous.

The parents call on the ministry to listen and understand the hardship caused to pupils and parents who chose to live in a remote area, disconnected from the rest of Cyprus.

The conditions in the Tylliria area northwest of the island with regards to education are no different than those for the Greek Cypriot enclaved living in the occupied areas and should be treated as such, he argued.

The Kato Pyrgos primary school “is the second enclaved school of Cyprus”, said the announcement.


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