Cyprus Mail

Paphos parents support abstaining students

The federation of parents’ associations of public secondary schools of Paphos on Friday expressed their support for students in the district who decided on a two-hour abstention from lessons demanding the suspension of four-monthly exams.

Student union Psem which organised the protest emphasised that many students were struggling to keep up to date with the curriculum, as hundreds are self-isolating.

The parents supported their request for the suspension of the four-monthly exams due to the pandemic.

At the same time, they called on the education ministry to take all necessary steps to meet the demands of students.

Earlier this week, head of union of secondary school teachers Oelmek, Themis Polyviou, suggested that the two-week exam period in January would be better utilised as an opportunity to cover lost lessons.

But Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou said the exams would go ahead and urged pupils not to aggravate a situation already made difficult by the pandemic.

Not attending class was not a solution, Prodromou told CyBC and assured pupils that if a problem did arise it would be dealt with.

And he added that the issue of the quarterly assessment was raised by a group of pupils every time they are due.

Pupils who are quarantining are receiving their education through distance learning, he also assured.

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