The cabinet has approved the hiring of additional teachers so that schools are fully staffed for the new academic year which starts in September, Education Minister Costas Kadis said on Wednesday.
The decision will be sent to parliament for the final approval of an additional budget “for a smooth start of the new school year”.
“Our schools can now resume operations fully staffed and fully stocked with teaching materials,” Kadis said.
He said that the final number of the additional staff, reportedly some 200, will be announced at a later stage after consultations with the teaching unions.
Secondary school teaching union Oelmek have accused Kadis of yielding to threats from primary school teachers, as they will receive most of the newly available positions. Oelmek said they were getting only 23.
Kadis reiterated on Wednesday that his ministry’s proposal was based on documented data and called on all educational organisations, political parties and public education stakeholders to cooperate with his ministry to ensure schools are operating properly.
The education ministry, Kadis said, is to also appoint a technical committee that will propose measures for the evaluation of teachers.