Technical schools are not ‘second-best’ institutions, Education Minister Costas Kadis said on Friday as he announced upcoming reforms to technical education.
Following reforms in primary and secondary education, Kadis said, his ministry had just received a report prepared by technocrats on the overhaul of the technical schools’ syllabus.
He also launched a one-year consultation on the report’s content and said the changes were expected to be in effect by the 2016-2017 school year.
“One of the most important suggestions is a series of proposals to help technical and vocational training rise in the estimation of the average Cypriot citizen,” he said. Technical schools are often seen as a step below university education.
Kadis said technical schools offer a high level education and Cyprus falls behind compared to other European counties as regards to technical and vocational education, he said. The report lays the foundations for much needed upgrading, he added.
He said he does not believe there will be any problems during for the implementation of the report since union members were part of the committee that wrote the report.