The Minister of Education, Sports and Youth, Prodromos Prodromos, issued a written statement on the developments regarding the expansion of compulsory Pre-Primary Education.
Such a statement:>
Regarding today's article in which the newspaper and the AKEL side attribute responsibility to the Government for the developments surrounding Pre-Primary Education, we want to remind you of the real facts beyond claims and slogans.
The Government proposed the gradual expansion of Pre-Primary Education in the coming years, so that it starts from the age of four, but the House of Representatives intervened and made the relevant legislation unconstitutional. Different amendments of political parties of the opposition were accumulated in an otherworldly result which for the first time in Cyprus excludes the possibility of citizens to exercise their choice freely. to clarify that the Government's bill was clear and simple: to define that Pre-primary begins at the age of 4, gradually over the next three school years. Any confusion created by interventions, initiatives and changes brought by specific parliamentary groups.
In this regard, for the transition to the expanded pre-municipal schooling, the Government had secured an aid of 12.2 million euros within the framework of the “Cyprus_tomorrow” Recovery Plan, but some opposition parties in the Parliament hastened to cancel it. AKEL especially tried to discredit this European support for the expansion of Pre-primary, using misleadingly the term "vouchers" and thus remaining stable in its problematic relationship with European policies.
The fact remains that the political position of a majority created by AKEL, DIKO, ELAM and the Environmentalists has resulted in a law that is unconstitutional it is also practically impossible to implement. While, in a similar way, it cancels the possibility to use the planned sponsorship of 12.2 million euros from the Recovery Plan.
However, it would be good if the opinion of thousands of households and young couples could be heard on this issue. which directly concerns them.