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Student 'stoned' in Paphos school raising concerns on school violence

New incident in Paphos prompts education committee session on Ministry's response


In the latest episode of school violence, a student was reportedly stoned by classmates on Tuesday at a school in Paphos, according to statements made by DIKO MP Chrysanthos Savvidis during a session of the Education Committee. The victim is currently receiving treatment at a private clinic in the province. Savvidis refrained from providing further details but emphasized that bullying has become a daily occurrence, with many incidents going unreported.

The Education Committee is actively addressing the widespread issue of bullying, assessing the Ministry of Education's plans and actions to combat the problem. This discussion is particularly relevant as reports indicate an increase in violence and delinquency within school settings. According to a Ministry spokesperson, the current percentage of children experiencing bullying in Cyprus stands at 25%.

The meeting involves key stakeholders, including representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Directorate of Secondary General Education, the Directorate of Secondary Technical and Vocational Education, the Directorate of Primary Education, and the Educational Psychology Service. Also in attendance are the National Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence, the Direct Intervention Team of the Ministry, the Cyprus Police, the Commissioner for the Protection of Children's Rights, representatives from the University of Cyprus, educational trade unions, parents, and students.

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