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Paphos students strike over school changes

Kykkos Lyceum students demonstrating against the ministry's decision to shut down their school

STUDENTS from the Kykkos Lyceum in Paphos abstained from classes until 11am yesterday to protest against the school’s gradual closing down and over the incorporation of students from the already closed Nikolaideio Gymnasium for the current school year.

Yesterday the students stood outside the school holding banners and asking the education ministry to reconsider its decision to close down their school.
They called the ministry’s decision “unjust”.

Students’ representative Socrates Charalambides told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that the students were also protesting the unification with Nikolaideio and the fact that two extra weekly periods had been added to the curriculum.

The ministry said this was deemed necessary to synchronise the time tables between gymnasium and lyceum students. But to make it work, five minutes was deducted from each other period, causing students to claim they were losing valuable study time.

Education Ministry’s Secondary Educations’ deputy Ioannis Efthymiou said the students had no excuse to be out on the streets. The introduction of the two extra class periods was arranged so that the school bell could ring at the same time for all students.

The head-teacher of the school, Koula Papantoniou, said that two extra weekly periods actually favoured the students.

She also said that the transfer of the Nikolaideio Gymnasium students was a fact and that the students would have to co-exist in a spirit of co-operation.

The Kykkos Lyceum itself is slated to close at the end of the current school year.

“There are only second and third grade Lyceum students, and when they graduate, the school will close down,” Papantoniou said.

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Source: Cyprus News Agency