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Committee set up to resolve problems in education system

Teaching unions agreed on Tuesday during a meeting with Education Minister Costas Hambiaouris to set up a committee to go through all issues concerning health and security in state schools.

The move comes after a school accident that led to the death of a 10-year-old pupil earlier in the month.

Officials from the education and labour ministries, the office of the children’s rights commissioner, organised parents, members of the nurses’ association and non-governmental organisations participated in the meeting.

“There was a constructive spirit by everyone,” Hambiaouris said after the meeting, adding that all participants stressed that their top priority was ensuring conditions of health and safety in schools.

The chairman of the committee to be set up will be the head of technical education Elias Markadjis, who is also the head of the ministry’s health and safety office.

Its mission will be to meet with all stakeholders and prepare a report for the minister on the improvement of weaknesses observed in schools. The committee will also look into whether schools need to be manned with nurses and more intense training in first aid issues.

Hambiaouris said that schools were safe and that there was no reason for concern.

“No one doubts that there are schools that might have some problems but that does not mean that they are dangerous,” Hambiaouris said.

He also made a plea for some toning down of the panic observed after the accident.

“Our children are in safe spaces,” he said adding that regardless measures, there will always be accidents.

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