DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY EDUCATION

Primary Education

Enrolment in Primary schools

Pupils enrollment in primary schools are carried out online and/or in person in January, through a process determined by the competent authority, and on dates specified by the Director of Primary Education with his relevant decision. The confirmation of enrollment is done online and/or in person through a process determined by the competent authority, on dates specified by the Director of Primary Education.

Pupils who have not been able to enrol on the set dates can be exempted from the above provision and can enrol later with the approval of the relevant District Education Officer.

Pupils are enrolled at schools belonging to their educational region.

Out-of-deadline enrollments in specific schools are allowed provided that there is availability and there is no need to create a new class.

Age range of pupils enrolment and attendance, compulsory education and procedure

No pupil can be enrolled, unless he/she has completed the age set by the Council of Ministers before the 1st of September of the enrolment year. According to the decision of the Council, a pupil can be enrolled at a primary school only if he/she has completed the age of 6 years old. Every pupil that meets the above condition must enrol at a primary school in his/her district, according to the law for compulsory education.

Every child born in Cyprus who enrols for the first time must present the original birth certificate issued according to law. A child born abroad has to present the original birth certificate or other document (i.e. passport) issued by a relevant authority which confirms the date of birth and also satisfies the requirements the Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth.

Photocopies of the above documents are accepted only if they are appropriately certified and are presented with the originals. The original birth certificates are returned after the completion of enrollment, once the school keeps a copy of the certificate and seals the copy with the school's stamp.

No child can enrol or extend his/her attendance at a primary school:
  • If he/she has been awarded a primary school leaving diploma
  • If on the 1st of September of the enrolment year is over 13 years old unless there is a request from the parent and a written approval by the District Chief Education Officer is obtained for an extension of attendance, not exceeding the one year.

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