Turkish Cypriot teachers’ union Ktos announced on Monday they would strike unless authorities in the north find within three weeks a plot in the Kyrenia district to build a school after more than 70 children were left outside classrooms due to lack of space.
The general secretary of Ktos, Sener Elcil, said on Monday – the first day back at school in the north – that 75 primary education students from the Kyrenia district were not able to attend classes despite being enrolled due to lack of space in two schools, while other schools are suffering from staff shortages.
Elcil protested over earlier ‘government’ statements that there is no space in Kyrenia for a new school despite last year giving a private university land adjacent to a primary school in the same district.
The union head said that there is available land between Lapithos and Ayios Epiktitos to build a school on.
“If it [land] is not found in three weeks we will take action,” Elcil said.
He added that the number of students in each class has risen from 25 to 35 to meet the overcrowding problem faced in schools.
This year there are around 20,000 students in primary schools in the north, and 13,400 in secondary education.