PUPILS at secondary schools in Nicosia and Limassol left their classrooms during the third period on Monday to protest against a new €15 monthly fee for school buses.
“The decision to implement the new fee was unilateral and the relevant ministries have refused to meet and discuss the subject with the students,” Nicosia and Limassol’s student district coordinating committees (ESEM) said in a joint statement.
ESEM added that they had not received any answer from the ministries of education and transport to their demand that the €15 fee not be introduced.
They said students could not afford to pay the new charge. “Our parents’ salaries have been cut. Many of our parents are unemployed. We want free buses now! Our move today was only the beginning! We condemn the autocratic stance of headmasters and teachers who tried to fight our protest, threatening to expel us and marking students down as absent,” the statement added.
ESEM Nicosia also called on teachers to stop trying to find ways of punishing students and to join the protest.