Education Minister Costas Hambiaouris visited Makedonitissa primary school on Monday morning to wish pupils well at the start of the new school year.
After he spoke to pupils and teachers he visited the science lab where some of the children will participate in a Stem programme in the afternoons during the school year.
He then went on to talk to students in their classrooms, encouraging them to keep up their spirits.
“We wish this smile, this joy, this spirit to last the whole school year,” he said, adding “the ministry is here to support you.”
Primary and pre-primary schools started the new academic year at 7.45am.
“Today begins the new school year for our little ones. I wish you a wonderful journey in learning and knowledge. To our teachers to have a good, inspiring and creative year. Let’s talk to children first of all about human values and humanity,” Hambiaouris tweeted in the early morning.
During the morning, kindergarten and elementary school children were divided into classes, received their books and started lessons.
According to the ministry of education, a total of 331 primary schools will operate, the same number as for the 2018-19 school year, at which 52,479 pupils are registered, 731 more than the previous school year.
Children will be split into a total of 2,749 classes, 14 more than the previous school year.
The number of teachers will reach 4,494 (4,258 permanent and 236 contract), three of whom will work at the school in Rizokarpaso in the north.
Regarding special schools, the ministry said nine will operate in addition to 113 units in other schools to help children with learning and other difficulties. A total of 903 teachers will be employed to work with these children.
All day schools will operate at 130 primary schools and seven special schools, the same number as last year.