A €20 million deal to digitally upgrade all schools by 2025 was signed by the education ministry on Tuesday.
“In essence, this is the biggest technological upgrade and one of the biggest reforms in education that will radically improve everyday school life,” Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou said.
The agreement was signed in the presence of President Nicos Anastasiades and Prodromou with NewcyTech Business Solutions Ltd.
According to the ministry, the agreement provides for the development, installation, maintenance and operation of an integrated digital system, through which the management of schools will be improved, supporting teachers, parents/guardians, and students in their daily administrative needs, while actively dealing with the daily management of all matters raised by Ministry of Education.
The plan, which will show its first results by July 2023, includes: the digitisation of various procedures related to special education, the staffing and management of school units, the state training institutes, the Pancyprian examinations, online registration of students, and online payments to parents’ associations.
Also, the agreement will provide data security and continuous informational updates.
He added that the project would begin immediately, and completed in 30 months, with an expected end date of March 2025.
The plan will benefit all 720 schools operated by the ministry, and will provide parents/guardians and students with access to their online records as well as updates from the ministry, their schools, and their programmes.
“Parents and guardians will have the vital communication, access and ability to interact with the teachers, as well as with the school management. They will also be able to communicate with the parents’ association, as well as process payments related to the children’s school life,” Prodromou said.
Students will also be able to access their timetables, school information, and test schedules.
Prodromou said that over 13,000 teachers will also benefit from the new systems and be able to obtain information of student assessments, timetables, assessment procedures, licences, and replacement procedures.
Schools, he said, will be “radically transformed” for all: students, parents, and teachers.