A total of 159 new teaching posts were approved by cabinet on Wednesday. At the same time, it was decided to streamline the use of teachers in consultation with teaching unions and parents’ associations.
“The government’s message to our teachers is that we want them at the helm, that schools and children need their knowledge and pedagogical skills,” government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said.
“In recent years the education ministry has had at its disposal and studied the reports and suggestions of the World Bank and Unesco, as well as the relevant data of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), to improve the use of human resources in education, to make the best use of teachers,” he said.
Cyprus is one of the three countries in Europe with the highest spending in education, he added.
“Last July, the Council of Ministers made relevant decisions by instructing the Minister of Education and Culture to promote measures based on a study by a specialised agency,” he said. “The minister of education today proposed a series of measures to make better use of teachers and improving teaching and pedagogical work.”
The central logic of the proposals is to “capitalise on the qualifications, skills and experience of our teachers, to enhance teaching activity by saving time, which has so far been wasted in other activities”.
At the same time, the goal is to limit the large waste of money that is unjustified.
He said that by saving money the ministry would be able to introduce other measures to help teachers in the classroom. For example, hours would be allocated to tackle problems with disruptive behaviour and improve safety and health in schools.