Education Minister Costas Kadis said on Tuesday that everything was ready for the new school year, which begins next week, though there were still 42 schools that needed work over the next 12 months.
Kadis on Tuesday visited the ministry’s warehouse to check that the book distribution centre was ready.
“It seems everything is going well and we are fully ready for the start of the new year,” he said.
Kadis also visited a number of schools in the Nicosia district to check on various outstanding construction projects, including secondary schools in Latsia and Dasoupoulos, the latter which he described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the island’s education system “which will be delivered in the next few days”.
“This school is an indication of the intention of the state to invest in education,” said Kadis. He said the building provided everything students and teachers needed and was designed to the most modern standards.
Asked how many schools were still in need of construction works, Kadis said 42.
“A number of projects are still in progress. Because of the economic crisis some contracts were interrupted because the contractors could not fulfill their obligations and the ministry had to call back offers so there has been some delay in the completion of some projects,” he said.
Dasoupolis, he said, had been completed within the set timeframe. “They are putting the finishing touches,” he added.
The Headmaster Dasoupolis Andreas Georgiou, said the school would have 500 students.