DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY EDUCATION

Private Schools

Private primary schools

A private school must have the approval of the Ministry of Education and Culture in order to function.

The private primary schools which function according to the 1971 Law and its relevant amendments concerning private schools, are of three types:
  • Schools of the same type: Private schools of the same type are those schools which strictly follow the existing curricula of public schools.
  • Schools of similar type: Private schools of a similar type are those schools in which apart from other subjects, 2/3 of the major subjects offered in public schools are taught in relation to time and subject matter.
  • Schools of a different type: Private schools of a different type are those schools which do not belong to the above categories.

Criteria for choosing a private school
According to the Law concerning Private Schools, pupils who are under 15 years old (the age for compulsory education) and are citizens of the Republic of Cyprus must attend a school of the same or similar type. They must also be taught the official language of the Republic of Cyprus for at least six hours (the Greek language for Greek Cypriot pupils).

Supervision and inspection
The head and the teaching staff of a private school (same or similar type school) should have the qualifications required for the head and teaching staff of a public school. As for the qualifications of the head and staff of a private school (different type) the unanimous decision of the Advisory Committee for Private Education is required.

The head of a private school is responsible for the normal work of the school and has the same duties as the head of a public school.

The owner, the head and the teaching staff of a private school are obliged to allow the Ministry of Education and Culture officers to visit the school and classrooms for inspection. A detailed report is made after the inspection.

Funding
Pupils who choose to attend a private primary school pay fees. Textbooks published by the Organization of Textbooks in Greece which will be used by a private school are offered free to the pupils as it happens in public schools.

Financial aid to pupils of religions groups
The Ministry of Education and Culture subsidize pupils of Cypriot nationality who attend a number of private schools. The Ministry also subsidizes the fees of Latin and Maronite pupils attending their national school (private) both Pre-Primary and primary. In addition, the services of public school teachers are offered to Maronite and Armenian schools. For the Armenian Primary School the Armenian Education Authority is subsidized.

The fees of Turkish Cypriot pupils attending private schools, (pre-primary and primary) in the non occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus are fully subsidized by the state.

Private Primary Schools
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