Primary Education

The early years in the education system within Cyprus...

Primary education is compulsory in Cyprus and free at state schools administered by the Government. Education at private schools is not free and fees vary from school to school (enquire with the schools directly).

The Primary education is a six-year period. Children may enter the Primary School system from the age of 5 years and 8 months.

Children are required to wear a school uniform. A uniform list is given to parents when registering their child for primary school in January of the school year.

Any town or village with more than 15 children of school going age will have a primary school (children from villages with fewer than 15 will be accepted in the regional school for a neighbouring community).

In the smaller village schools where the entire pupil population may be as little as 39, pupils will be in multi-grade classes of mixed ages and levels. One-teacher schools are for a maximum of 19 pupils; two-teacher schools for a pupil population up to 39. In urban areas and in larger schools where each class is single-grade, the six-year primary school period is broken into:

  • Cycle A: Grades 1 to 3 (for ages 6 to 8 years)
  • Cycle B: Grades 4 to 6 (for ages 9 to 11 years)

When primary school is completed a child will receive a leaving certificate.

There are no completion examinations and readiness to proceed to Secondary school is assessed by on-going evaluations throughout the learning period. A child cannot continue on to secondary school without a leaving certificate.

Primary school registration takes place over a 2 day period during January. The exact dates are announced each year by the Ministry of Education. A registration fee is usually required by the School’s Parents Association.

The documents required when registering a child for a public primary school are:

  • Completed application form MOEC 11
  • Birth certificate
  • Student Certificate (provided by the pre-primary nursery school)
  • Two utility bills which include a home address
  • Copy of the vaccination pages of the child’s medical record book
  • Registration fee

All-day school

The Cyprus school day ends at 1.05pm.

The all-day school system was introduced at an experimental level in 1999 to extend the day for homework and optional subjects including Foreign Languages, Information Technology, Music and Art. The system continues to expand to schools across the island. All-day schools operate on a voluntary basis for grades 4 to 6 and attendance is optional. They operate four afternoons per week until 16:00 from October to May. Some schools have introduced all-day school for grades 1 to 3. Lunch can be provided at the parent’s expense.

Multicultural education

State schools are increasing facilities for multi-cultural education with the aim of providing better support for foreign pupils, particularly with regards to learning Greek as a second language.