Teachers’ unions OELMEK and POED yesterday hit back at University of Cyprus rector Constantinos Christofides, who accused them in an open letter to the president as being the main culprits for the sorry state of education.
“The rector’s insulting, subjective and arbitrary comments regarding the teachers’ unions to not reflect the unions’ work done throughout the years to promote public education on every level,” said primary teachers’ union POED.
It called on Christofides to “stop with the publicity stunts that help no one and join the rest of the stakeholders in a meaningful discussion on how to improve education.”
OELMEK, the secondary education teachers’ union accused Christofides of having ulterior motives, following his suggestion for separate exams for students from private schools. “The only thing the university cares for is for GCEs to be introduced as an acceptable exam to be admitted to the university,” said OELMEK.
Education Minister Costas Kadis has opted to keep out of the squabble, issuing a statement on Thursday to welcome Christofides’ input.