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Schools, education and learning in Paphos - When the sun is shining everything can seem somehow better, youíre once careful
consideration of all things now seems less important. The locals are friendly and they all have uncles who have a plot of land for
sale and will offer it to you at a good price. Surprisingly, the friendly local has a cousin who is a building developer and
will construct your home at a fraction of the normal cost. Fantastic!, not only are you going to build your dream home in the
sun but make a profit as well, does it get any better. All that is left is to enrol your children at the local school you have driven past
a few times.

Now, take a moment and put your sensible head back on, think back to your own personal rulebook for choosing a school - APPLY THE SAME REASONING AND CAREFUL CONSIDERATION.

There are 2 central educational paths for your children:-

1) Government run State schools: Primary school, Secondary education, (Gymnasium) and further education for ages 15 Ė 18 (Lyceum).
2) Private (Licensed) Schools for both Primary and Secondary education.

There are also Private Institutes though it is extremely important they (and their teachers) are licensed by the Cyprus Ministry of Education.

First and foremost, is the school licenced? Cyprus has very strict laws governing childrenís education and schooling. ALL children of school age MUST attend a registered and licenced school (State or Private). As a parent you are legally responsible and can face prosecution, fines and even imprisonment if you enrol your children into a non-licenced school. Simple, you find a licenced school, they must offer all the same high standards?. Now this is where things get tricky, you slowly start to hear that one school offers a better education than another though you also find out the worthier school is not licenced. You decide the licenced, but less praised school is your choice.

Ask yourself this question: Would you eat in a restaurant if you were told the food was dreadful, even if the restaurant is licenced ?.

Does a licence assure a better product or service?

In Cyprus to licence a school the primary objective is the building. Does the structure meet the Cyprus Ministry of Education legal requirements, number of classrooms, square foot per student, covered area, even parking is a significant factor in the licencing requirements. It can sometimes appear the teachers, the most important element and the heart in any school are an afterthought.

For students starting their senior studies you should be aware the IGCSE syllabus does not include coursework as with the GCSE sometimes followed in the UK. Some private schools / Institutes will offer reassurance though this may lead to difficulties finding a senior (secondary) school should you return to the UK part way through the course. Some UK schools WILL NOT accept students who are unable to produce course material for the subjects they are studying.

Learning a new language fluently is especially advantageous when searching for employment and can open many doors. Greek can be an extremely difficult language to learn, more so the older you are . Taking weekly lessons will only at best teach the basics. Placing younger children, of around 5 or 6 years in a Cypriot State school will give them the best chance to learn this challenging language. Placing your teenage son or daughter in a state school could severely hold back their education.

Take a moment to think what will happen to your children after this experience. A year in a completely different school system could be very disruptive and confusing for them. What happens to children who go through the whole system and finish their education in Cyprus? Are they well equipped enough to study in further education elsewhere?

Another important factor to consider, if you have sent your children to a private school in Cyprus once they have completed their schooling what careers await them ? You have substantially financially invested in a private education, perhaps over euros 100,000, is working in the local bar or supermarket what you had hoped for them ?

Do you like everyone you meet for the first time ? Do you become instant friends and see these people every day? Consider the same for your children, they will be attending a new school leaving behind friends and family. Some children settle very well, easily make new friends and their past lives in the UK become a distance memory. Other's may struggle to settle, bullying in schools, both state and private does happen. Over 75% of families with children who move to Cyprus return to the UK within 5 years.

Each Country will have educational rules, laws and regulations are in place for a reason. Your childís education and safety being the principal reason.









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