By Evie Andreou
SOME 42,200 high school and technical school students returned to their classrooms yesterday and Education Minister Costas Kadis said that enrolments went smoothly despite minor problems.
The first day of school in secondary education begun with shortages in notepads and with some books missing, but the minister said that it was only a matter of time until things were sorted out.
Kadis said that the shortage in notepads is of no fault of the ministry since the company that was assigned the contract did not respond. He said that now it’s down to logistics since many schools have them in stock from previous years and they will be distributed to other schools that need them.
He also said that the ministry is ready to hand over books to district school boards to distribute them to their schools.
Kadis added that the school year began under much better circumstances than last year, where many schools were operating without head teachers or deputies, something that has been resolved and that within 15 days all schools will have their head teachers.
The minister visited the Pallouriotissa high school and lyceum and wished students a good school year and urged them to work with optimism in order to achieve their goals.
He also expressed his satisfaction that all students that need support will be provided with meals during the whole school year.
Later in the day, the Cabinet approved a business programme for the utilisation of the almost €3.5m allocated to Cyprus from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) for 2014-2020 to provide school uniforms and bags to needy students.
FEAD is co-funded 85 per cent from the EU and 15 per cent from national resources. In the case of Cyprus, with the national contribution the sum will total €4.64m.