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Prodromou upbeat about distance learning programme

Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou

Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou remained upbeat and gave positive outlooks moving forwards into the new year as he said the ministry has handled the upheaval well.

Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency on Monday, Prodromou praised the distance learning programmes which, as he said, are now up and running in about 50 secondary schools.

He also said that more laptops are set to be distributed to schools in the coming months as deals have been finalised with suppliers.

A general trend since the outbreak began in March has been that private schools made the transition to distance learning more effectively that state-run schools.

But Prodromou insisted that distance learning at state schools is now a reality and that students are doing well, saying that results show Cyprus to be comparable with most other European nations.

An ongoing debate over the newly introduced twice yearly exams has remained a key issue facing the ministry, with calls from some students, teachers and parents to either scrap them entirely or to reduce the curriculum.

Prodromou reiterated that the dates are set and there are no plans to reduce the material which is to be examined. Schools close on Wednesday, December 23, for Christmas holidays and students are to return on Thursday, January 7.

The debate over whether exams should go ahead casts a shadow over the academic year and burdens the students, he said, and since the teaching is progressing at a satisfactory level then that facilitates exams being held.

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