Cyprus employs 4,000 primary school teachers, 83.7 per cent of whom are female, 16.3 per cent male and only 3.5 per cent aged over 50, making for the youngest teaching work force in any EU country, Eurostat announced on Tuesday.
At the same time Cyprus has 6,000 secondary school teachers, 65.7 per cent of whom are female, 34.3 per cent male and only 29.3 per cent aged over 50, the seventh youngest teaching work force in the EU, after Malta, the UK, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania and Ireland.
On both counts though, Cyprus follows the EU trend, where teachers are mainly women.
In 2014, 2.1 million persons worked as primary school teachers in the EU, with women accounting for 85 per cent of them. In secondary schools, including both lower secondary and upper secondary levels, 64 per cent of teachers were female.