Cyprus Mail

Teachers reject new hiring proposals

SECONDARY school teachers have rejected a new selection system because it would be unfair to hundreds of educators.

Their union, OELMEK, said it had studied the education ministry proposal and decided to reject it.

OELMEK said it was clearly unfair because it did not meet the condition set by the union – to ensure teachers who went through a certain training programme and those working in education for many years were not left out.

The union said it will discuss the matter with the two other teacher organisations to decide future steps.

Education minister Kyriacos Kenevezos said the new system will be rolled out gradually, starting in September 2015.

It will go through a four-year transition period before it becomes fully operational.

New criteria being introduced include the need to take a written exam, and the compulsory inclusion of a certificate of teacher training for secondary and technical education in the application process to get on the teachers’ appointment list.

Kenevezos said the new hiring system is based on the philosophy that the children of Cyprus deserve to be taught by the best human resources available.

The current teacher appointment system works on the basis of a list that gives priority to those teachers that qualified earliest. Because of the number of teaching graduates, younger candidate rarely get posted.

Graduates are then forced to work in other professions or at the very least private institutes.

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