All school books are expected to be delivered on time for the start of the new school year, Education Minister Costas Kadis announced on Wednesday after visiting the warehouse where the books are stored.
“We have supplied a significant number of books already, 75 per cent for the primary schools and 95 per cent for the technical schools, gymnasiums and lyceums,” he said, adding that all are expected to be delivered on time and the school year will start without any problems.
This, he said, is no easy feat. “The delivery is complicated,” Kadis said. “671 different books have to be taken to 750 schools. Some 25 per cent of them come from Greece, about 63 to 64 per cent from Cyprus and the rest are from other sources.”
This year, the minister continued, there have been some new developments regarding school books.
“The first innovation concerns a series of new books on various subjects, books that have been produced on the basis of new analytical programmes by working groups that include academics, inspectors, experienced teachers and technocrats,” he said.
An important second innovation is the preparation of a special diary this year for students in lyceums, gymnasiums and technical schools in Cyprus. It contains useful information and is structured to help students plan their daily activities.
According to the education minister, another important innovation is the introduction of books for students with visual disabilities.