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Minister of education accuses Akel of undermining reform

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Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou

Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou on Monday accused main opposition party Akel of obstructing the government as it tries to reform education.

“Ever since Akel has been a minority in parliament, it’s been trying to obstruct the government’s reform on evaluation of public education” and that “without hesitation Akel agitates schools to satisfy its ideological obsessions,” the minister said.

Speaking about the twice-yearly exams in school, head of Akel’s education team Christos Christophi on Friday said that the ministry of education “arbitrarily brings forward proposals that are not scientifically backed and without seeking consultation from involved parties”, adding that it should “stop experimenting to the detriment of students.”

Prodromou, further asserted that “there’s the policy that aims at reinforcing the public school’s quality that requires evaluation” and then there’s Akel’s flattening policy “with the same populist approach that led to our country’s bankruptcy when previously applied.”

The minister said that “while proposals for improvement have been brought forward, AKEL, in its denial and nihilism appears unable to perceive their value.”

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