By George Psyllides
POLITICAL systems, including federation, will be part of the school curriculum in the near future according to Education Minister Costas Kadis, who stressed however that this was not connected with the island’s political problem.
“What the education ministry sees as useful at this moment is to enrich the current curriculum,” he told state radio, adding that it would not be a new lesson.
This would be an addition so that pupils also learn about the federal system, among others, its characteristics, pros and cons, and so on.
It is so that pupils, “tomorrow’s citizens, become familiar with what exists and operates across the world” and was not connected with the Cyprus problem which for decades has become bogged down in the dispute over the nature of a future federation.
Reports said the inclusion of such topics in the curriculum was the initiative of ruling DISY MP Nicos Tornaritis.
On hearing the news, DIKO announced it would table the matter for discussion before the House Education Committee so that the party was briefed officially about the contents of the lesson and the “government’s real intentions”.
The definition of federation is simple and it is right to teach it and it should be taught in schools, the party said in a statement.
“However, the critical element that makes a federal solution viable and functional is the content, since, there are dozens of models internationally under the title federation, with a totally different content,” DIKO said.