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Oelmek says no to extra teaching during holidays

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Secondary state teachers’ union Oelmek on Friday said there was no need for additional teaching periods over the holidays and suggested the cancellation of quarterly exams instead.

In a letter replying to Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou who hadsuggested cutting the holiday period so that pupils can catch up with the syllabus,  teachers said that the pandemic had not affected the operation of schools to an extent requiring specific measures.

This is thanks to the teachers’ daily effort through face to face and distance education despite the difficult situations and problems that exist, the union said.

Citing the unprecedent situation in schools during the coronavirus pandemic, the minister had written to the unions suggesting amending regulations to adjust Christmas and Easter holidays and continue distance learning.

But teachers said that on the contrary, the pandemic had led to more teaching time in schools, as many events and excursions have been cancelled.

“In addition to the fact that we disagree, it is also unnecessary,” the union said.

Instead, the union suggested quarterly exams to be postponed for this year as it pressures students, parents, and teachers.

Such a move will also add two weeks of extra teaching time, the union said.

“It is difficult for us to understand the necessity, especially this year, for the exams to be carried out, while last year, with better epidemiological data, the second round of quarterly exams did not take place,” the union said.

According to the union, the suspension of the exams “will add 12-13 days of teaching time”.

Teachers currently provide distance learning to students who must self-isolate at home.




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