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The Ministry of Education decided to extend the operating hours of the All-Day and Summer Schools. Specifically, as representatives of the Ministry reported to the Parliamentary Education Committee, which met on Wednesday to discuss the Primary Education Regulations, it was decided to start full-day schools from September and close them at the end of June, the opening of summer schools on the first Monday after regular schools close and close at the end of July. Furthermore, it is guaranteed that children with disabilities will have a companion during the summer months.

After these developments, the article-by-article discussion of the Primary Education regulations was completed and the matter will be brought to next week's Plenary. In their statements after the end of the Committee session, the MPs expressed their satisfaction with the decisions of the Ministry of Education.

The Member of Parliament of DIKO, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Pavlos Mylonas, referring to the changes in the Primary Education regulations, said that the most important decisions are the ban on mobile phones, the increase of All-Day Schools, as well as the extension of time with educational content in the afternoon. “We have achieved a lot in Primary Education and Secondary and Technical Education remain,” he added.

Mr. Mylonas congratulated all the members of the Education Committee who supported the efforts “away from partisan agendas” and thanked the Ministry of Education (including the Minister and the technocrats) because they “worked in a way that brought results.”

DISY Member of Parliament, Prodromos Alabritis, congratulated the Ministry of Education for the implementation of some requests concerning the improvement of the quality of the All-Day School. “We have been officially informed that this year the optional all-day school will end with the end of the school year and that it will start on the fourth Monday of September,” he noted, speaking of “a step in the right direction.”

He further expressed the opinion that the optional full-day school could start at the beginning of the school year, adding that the abolition of the service market and conversion to labor contracts contribute to the stability of the teaching staff. In addition, he requested further support for Full-Day and Summer Schools, stressing that it is important to expand the number of Full-Day Schools. “We must see the connection of the morning with the afternoon time, the upgrading of the curricular programs and the extension (including the institution of the All-Day School) to the high school cycle as well,” he concluded.

AKEL Member of Parliament, Christos Christofidis, expressed his satisfaction and joy because the proposals he submitted at the previous session of the Parliamentary Committee on Education to support the Primary Education regulations found an almost complete response from the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth (YPAN). .

As a result of AKEL's proposals, he continued, the Elementary Education regulations include the start of full-day schools from September and their closing at the end of June, the opening of summer schools on the first Monday after the closing of normal schools and their closing at the end of July. Furthermore, it is guaranteed that children with disabilities will have a companion during the summer months.

In addition, the AKEL Member of Parliament pointed out that summer schools do not cover the transition of children from one level of education to another. The cost of feeding children covered by the state should have been higher, given inflation and accuracy, he noted. At the same time, he asked to extend the operation of the summer school in August, especially in tourist areas, while he also raised the issue of the unified planning of the All-Day School and its expansion at the same time as the expansion of compulsory pre-primary education. Answering a question, he said that the matter will be discussed in next week's Plenary.

EDEK Member of Parliament, Andreas Apostolou, said that in cooperation with the Minister of Education, it was achieved the extension of the operation of the All-Day School, which will end with the end of the school year. As he said, this measure costs more than €1 million.

In addition, he expressed his joy for the immediate implementation of the decision by the Ministry of Education. After the abolition of the service market, he added, it is a priority to expand the All-Day School to other Pre-Primary and Primary Education schools, as well as to upgrade the quality of the All-Day School program.

The MP of DIPA, Alekos Tryfonidis, said that the All-Day School is an extremely useful institution from an educational point of view but also for families and working parents. “The institution must be expanded, but its quality and time upgrade should be examined, as well as its time extension, especially for rural parents,” he noted, adding that it should also be extended to Technical Schools.

“As DIPA we applaud the efforts of the Ministry of Education to upgrade the All-Day School”, said Mr. Tryfonidis, indicating that a National Strategy for the multiplication of births should be established to address the scourge of population decline. “The All Day is a link in the chain to deal with the demographic problem of Cyprus”, he emphasized. p>

In his statements after the end of the session of the Education Committee, DISY Member of Parliament, Giorgos Karoullas, stated that he raised the issue of the possibility of reducing the number of children per section in schools with high percentage of children with a migrant background, as well as for the possibility of a better distribution of children with a migrant background.

“We await the positions and planning of the Ministry of Education as well as the eventual decision-making by the Council of Ministers,” he said. “We have sent a relevant parliamentary question to the relevant Minister and are awaiting answers”, he concluded.

Source: KYPE

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