Children in Cyprus who are going back to school this week after summer holidays will have to do so under the threat of a general strike. While state educators are at odds with the government over proposed reforms, private schools are gearing up for a potential increase in admissions.
Private school officials who spoke to Kathimerini expressed optimism for the new school year.
“Admissions have doubled since last year and there has been a substantial increase in admission requests in the last few days” said Mrs. Antigoni Stylianou, Director at Pascal Primary English School in Nicosia
The public dialogue between union representatives and the Minister of Education has been deafening for parents who are now contemplating their options.
“The dispute has not influenced the operations of the school and demand has been steady” said Mrs. Andrie Vasiliou, Business Manager with the American International School.
A spokesperson for The English School said that school operations are running smoothly, noting that any potential increase in admission applications will become evident later in the year.
Private school educators are not members of POED and OELMEK unions. High Schools open their doors on the 7th of September and primary schools on the 10th of September.