DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY EDUCATION

Private Schools

Private Pre-Primary schools

Private Pre-Primary schools function according to the 1971 Law and Amendments concerning Private and Tutorial Schools. No private school can function without the approval of the Minister of Education and Culture following the agreed consent of the Advisory Committee for Private Education.

Children attending private Pre-Primary schools
Attendance at a Pre-Primary class is compulsory. Consequently, children who have completed the age of 4 8/12 on the 1st September of the enrolment year, namely the Pre-Primary age, will have to attend a public, a community or an approved by the Ministry of Education and Culture private Pre-Primary school.

Types of private Pre-Primary schools
There are three types of private Pre-Primary schools
  • Schools of the same type: Private Pre-Primary schools of the same type are those which strictly follow the curriculum of public Pre-Primary schools.
  • Schools of a similar type: Private Pre-Primary schools of a similar type are those which apart from other activities/subjects, at least 2/3 of the activities/subjects offered in public Pre-Primary schools are taught in relation to time, curriculum and subject matter.
  • Schools of a different type: Private Pre-Primary schools of a different type are considered those which do not belong to the two above categories. These schools apply different curricula which are approved by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Qualifications of the teaching staff
According to the existing law, both the head and the teaching staff of a private Pre-Primary school of the same or similar type with the public school, should possess the same qualifications required for both the head and teaching staff respectively of a public Pre-Primary school. As for the qualifications of the teachers and teaching staff of a private different type Pre-Primary school, the unanimous decision of the Advisory Committee for Private Education is required.

Supervision and inspection
Both the owner as well as the head and teaching staff of a private Pre-Primary school are obliged to allow the Ministry of Education and Culture officers to enter the school and classrooms for guidance, supervision and inspection. After the inspection a detailed report is made which is kept in the file of the particular school, found in the records of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Tuition fees
The fees paid for children of pre-primary age attending a private Pre-Primary school are not covered by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The Ministry of Education and Culture subsidizes the fees paid by Latin and Maronite pupils attending a pre-primary class, which is compulsory, in their national schools which are considered to be private. The fees of Turkish Cypriot children attending a private Pre-Primary school in the non occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus are fully subsidized by the state.

Private Pre-Primary Schools

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