Cyprus Mail

Kato Pyrgos pupils return to classes for now

PUPILS from the primary school in the remote area of Kato Pyrgos Tylliria returned to their classes yesterday after the intervention of MPs Eirini Charalambidou and Roula Mavronicola.

Charalambidou, who represents AKEL, and Mavronicola who represents EDEK both visited the school in an effort to find some form of compromise following the parents’ association decision to prevent their children from entering classrooms.

Parents claim the ministry made promises last year that there would be at least six teachers at the school regardless of the amount of children. There are currently three full time teachers, with the headmaster and another teacher working part time.

“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,” the head of the parents association Nicos Cleanthous said.

Following pleas from Charalambidou and Mavronicola, the children returned to classes and have given the ministry until Thursday to find a solution.

Charalambidou said depriving the children of their education was unacceptable as it is the only school in the area.

Mavronicola said that government policies on education should not be affected by agreements made with Cyprus’ international lenders.