By Evie Andreou
THE education ministry will implement a pilot summer school programme this summer to help needy families.
The summer school will begin as soon as the academic year for primary education ends, around June 20, until the end of July.
“It will be a pilot programme, as we need to see its strengths and weaknesses,” an education ministry official told the Cyprus Mail.
The programme aims to help families with financial difficulties as it will offer meals to children and look after them until parents finish work.
Even though summer school will be open to all state primary school students, needy children will be given priority, the official said.
“Interested students will be chosen according to their families’ economic criteria and those who were beneficiaries of the school meals; it will be like a continuation of the afternoon school,” the official said.
According to their interests, the children will be offered educational programmes and will be entertained through sports and recreation.
“We will have summer schools in all towns, including rural areas,” he said.
He added that schools will operate from morning and students can chose to stay until 2pm or 4pm.
The ministry aims to hire unemployed teachers to man the schools, the official said.
The education ministry will start accepting applications as soon as it announces the programme to schools, he said.