Cyprus Mail

Paphos students on the streets over shared building

By Evie Andreou

FOLLOWING the third day of class abstentions at the Kykkos lyceum in Paphos, parents of the Nikolaideio gymnasium’s students, who are being housed in the same building, said yesterday that their children would not attend the school until a solution is found.

The Kykkos students said on Monday that they would abstain from class until the Education ministry reversed a decision to close down the lyceum, which will continue to operate as the Nikolaideio gymnasium.

The lyceum is to close at the end of the current school year after it was decided that it would house the students of the already closed Nikolaideio gymnasium, whose building was old and posed security hazards.

The Nikolaideio gymnasium’s parents association said that the school take over by the lyceum students interrupted the gymnasium’s operation and also expressed concerns about their children’s safety.

The Education ministry was expected to arrange a meeting to discuss the issue.

Last Friday, students and parents protested outside the Education ministry’s offices in Paphos arguing that the move will leave the district with only two lyceums which are already overcrowded, thus downgrading the level of education.

The interested parties had proposed last July that instead of closing down the lyceum, both schools could co-exit in the same building until a new school was built to house the Nikolaideio.

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