You may come across Private Institutes in the Paphos area. Institutes licenced by the Cyprus Ministry of Education are able to
offer educational lessons which are SUPPLEMENTARY to full time schooling. An Institute is strictly regulated by the
Cyprus Ministry of Education.

IN CYPRUS ALL CHILDREN TO FIFTEEN YEARS MUST ATTEND A LICENCED STATE OR LICENCED PRIVATE SCHOOL.

Over the past few years a number of “Institutes” have opened and use terms such as “Institute”, “Academy”, “Centre of Excellence”, "Learning Centre" or even “school” as a disguise to claim they are a school and can generally be found trading from residential properties or former hotels. To use any of these terms but trade as school is illegal in Cyprus even if the Institute is licenced (as an Institute).

There can be a blurring of the lines, you may find the Owner(s) / Head Teacher of these Institutes will claim they have a licence to reassure you or tell you the application for a licence is currently with the Ministry of Education awaiting their approval (A building licenced as a hotel or a commercial building CANNOT trade as a school without the appropriate Cyprus Ministry of Education SCHOOL LICENCE). You should only send your children to a licenced SCHOOL. If you have any doubt check with the Cyprus Ministry of Education.

The Ministry of Education and the Cyprus Government is taking direct action to have these illegal Institutes closed. Illegal Institutes (and schools) which are allowed to continue to trade (perhaps using the blind eye legal principle) will mean there is no guarantee your children are protected by the law. You should also note the law requires an Institute or School to have all the appropriate licences issued BEFORE opening. A retrospective application is unlawful.

If the Institute is not licenced there is no guarantee the teachers are qualified to teach, perhaps they only hold the basic qualifications. Someone who has taken a course to become a classroom assistant is not sufficiently trained or experienced to take full classroom lessons. More importantly, there are no assurances WHO are teaching your children.

ARE ALL THE TEACHERS REGISTERED AND LICENCED WITH THE CYPRUS MINISTRY OF EDUCATION ? ASK TO SEE THEIR MINISTRY OF EDUCATION CERTIFIED LICENCED REGISTRATION NUMBER.

There are claims that certain Institutes are formed by former UK educational inspectors. Perhaps, but this does not signify the Institute is legal and possesses the licences required to trade.

Should you decide to send your children to an illegal Institute then not only do you face legal criminal prosecution there is a strong chance the Institute will be closed leaving you and your children with no schooling.

If the Institute is trading without the appropriate licences the Owners, Head Teacher and teachers will be fully aware they are operating an illegal business. This raises many professional and ethical issues, the Owner(s) face legal criminal prosecution through the Courts. Perhaps more importantly, the teachers would appear to support and endorse illegal activities. As with any commercial venture the Owner(s) will expect to make a profit. The fees you are charged reflect these principles.
 
Ask yourself this question – would you send your children to an unlicensed or illegal school in the UK ?

If you are sending your children to a licenced Institute make sure there is a full range of A levels. If your children intend to continue with their studies after completing their IGCSE’s and the Institute does not offer this further education then you will have no choice but to seek education elsewhere.

Over the past few years Institutes have opened, closed and move locations regularly, if you place your children in an Institute there is a realistic possibility you will be left without schooling for your children.

FOR SENIOR YEAR STUDENTS MAKE SURE THE INSTITUTE CAN SUPPORT A FULL RANGE OF IGCSE / A LEVEL SUBJECTS, IS FULLY EQUIPPED INCLUDING A SCIENCE LAB AND ON-SITE SPORTING FACILITIES. THE TEACHERS HOLD THE APPROPRIATE QUALIFICATIONS TO TEACH THE SUBJECTS THEY ARE ASSIGNED AND ALWAYS ASK TO SEE EXAMINATION RESULTS INCLUDING GRADES.

You should also consider:
>> The financial commitment, two children in a Private Institute will cost approximately euros 10,000 per year. (depending on their ages) You would need to budget for euros 110,000 to complete their education.
>> If the Institute is using a residential property, is the building able to evacuate all the children in the event of a fire? If the building is over two or more floors is there a fire escape? Does the building meet Fire, (Fire safety compliant) Health and Safety legislation? Has a fire certificate from the Fire Department been issued?
>> If the Institute is using a former hotel check to see how many children are being placed in each room. A hotel room designed for 4 people may not be appropriate as a classroom. Does the building hold a Cyprus Ministry of Education Licence ?
>> It is a legal requirement there is a classroom for each year group and allocated per square meter per student.
>> Are there separate staff washrooms?
>> Are the teachers properly trained and hold the appropriate qualifications, are they CRB / DBS and police checked? Ask to see the teachers Ministry of educational registration and licence number.
>> Does the Institute hold current, valid and binding professional insurance?
>> Is there on-site sporting facilities?

INSIST ON SEEING THE EDUCATIONAL LICENCE HELD; ONLY A VALID SCHOOL LICENCE (Not Institute) IS PERMISSIBLE. STILL UNSURE, THEN CONTACT THE CYPRUS MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND ASK THEM TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE IN WRITING THAT THE INSTITUTE IS LICENCED.



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