Student group Psem on Tuesday called on students to abstain from class on Thursday to protest against the new exam system that will be introduced for first year lyceum students as of next month.
The first year students are expected to go on strike from the third to the sixth period on Thursday, asking again the immediate retraction of the four-monthly exams by the education ministry and warned of more drastic measures if their demands are not acted upon.
“We will not become guinea pigs for this evaluation system which is doomed to fail and whose negative effects have already started to show in the last weeks,” Psem said, demanding evaluation through tests and other alternative methods.
The majority of students, parents and teachers are being stressed out because of the pressure of the new evaluation system and are against its implementation, Psem said while parents’ associations are expected to meet the education minister on Wednesday to discuss the new system.
With the slogan ‘Even patients don’t do as many exams as we do’, Psem called on student councils to hold general assemblies during the abstentions and approve their resolution against the four-monthly exams.
Psem had a meeting on Tuesday with Akel, whose chief Andros Kyprianou said “We need to rethink the philosophy of our education system. Akel supports students in their efforts to change the way we approach education in our country.”