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The basics of the education system in Cyprus: All the essential facts on the system and levels. Information gathered by AJAMI Group.

The Education System in the Republic of Cyprus has four stages: pre-primary, primary, secondary and higher/tertiary. 

Nine years of education are compulsory (and free at state schools): education is compulsory from Primary School (age 6) to the end of the third year of Secondary School (age 15).


Pre-primary education

The Ministry of Education and Culture has approval of all nursery schools (or kindergartens) operating on the island, whether a state-run public school or a private nursery school. The Ministry of Education and Culture also determines the curriculum to be followed. There are 3 categories of nursery school:

- Public nursery schools operate under the authority of the Ministry of Education and Culture, working in collaboration with parents' associations and community authorities. All teachers are qualified, while the teachers' aids must have completed secondary schooling.

- Communal nursery schools are run by parents' associations or community authorities and are registered by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

- Private nursery schools are privately established and owned however they are all approved by Ministry of Education and Culture and operate according to the Private Schools' Law, 1971, of the Republic of Cyprus.



A child's vaccination certificate should be given to the relevant school when a child is enrolled for primary school. New residents should take records of child's health and vaccination (UK families show the "red book") to the health visitor at the general hospital who will then provide a Cypriot vaccination certificate and advice on any other vaccinations needed. Vaccinations are only advised by schools and are not compulsory unless an epidemic of a particular illness such as measles occurs.

- For the Cyprus Ministry of Health recommended immunization schedule for 2008: Click here


Primary Education

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 from the schools directly).

- For contact information, see The AngloFILE category, Schools in Cyprus

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

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.


All-day school

The Cyprus school day ends at lunchtime. 

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 and stay open until 13:05.)


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.


Secondary Education

A child cannot enter secondary school without a leaving certificate showing completion of primary education. 

The secondary school period is six-years and is for children from age 12 to 18. The first three years are compulsory, with school leaving permitted after the fifteenth birthday. There are no entrance examinations for a child moving from a state owned primary school however, school-goers who have completed primary school at a private foreign-language institution must undergo a series of entrance examinations to be allowed to attend Cypriot public secondary schools.

- State run secondary schools are co-educational.

- The school day runs from 7:30 to 13:35.

- The school week is a five-day week, Monday to Friday, usually broken into seven periods of 45 minutes each.

- The school year begins in September and ends in June.

- Examinations take place in June.

- The school year is broken into three trimesters: September to December, December to March and March to May.

A child cannot continue to the next level without passing examinations.

The secondary school cycle is broken into two phases:

- Gymnasio Cycle (lower secondary)

- Lykeio Cycle (upper secondary)


Lower secondary school (Gymnasio) 

This is a period of general education for ages 12 to 15.


Vocational guidance

Much attention is given to vocational guidance in the last year of the Lower cycle and career guidance is available throughout the Lykeio Cycle from counsellors assigned to the role at each school. They also act to monitor students with emotional problems and pupils from dysfunctional families.


Upper secondary school

The Lykeio Cycle comprises two types of schools: the Eniaio Lykeio and Technical and Vocational Schools.


Upper secondary school (Lykeio)

Admission is available to pupils who have completed and passed the Gymnasio Cycle. The curriculum diversifies at this point into three distinct programme curricula, all leading to a school leaving certificate (Apolytirion). The final examinations for the third and final year are organised externally from each school. Papers are marked by teachers from schools other than where they teach - they do not mark their own pupils papers. 


Secondary technical and vocational education (STVE)

After completion of compulsory secondary education - the Gymnasio Cycle - a pupil can continue with a three-year technical education (STVE) provided they have a leaving certificate. Both the technical (a focus on the sciences) and vocational (a focus on technology, industry and workshop training) educations look at the theoretical and practical aspects of the subjects.

Successful completion of secondary technical or vocational education allows a graduate to attend a tertiary institution.

Private Education

Private schools are not free of charge. Contact the school directly for guidance on the fee structure.

Private international schools have considerable independence from the state system in both their operations and the curricula offered. The majority of private schools, however, are registered with the Ministry of Education and Culture and comply with certain curriculum and facility requirements mandated by law.

Most schools will require a child to attend an interview and/or take an entrance test for their level to be assessed before admission. Teaching at most Cyprus international schools is in English, however most will have ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers to help children from non English-language countries.

International school curricula tend to accommodate the teaching levels of their representative country.

Special Needs Education

Laws in Cyprus specifically accommodate special-needs children. The acts are: Education and Training of Children with Special Needs Law 1999 (113(I)/1999), Mechanisms for Early Detection of Children with Special Needs (185(I)2001) and Regulations for Education and Training of Children with Special Needs (186 (I)2001). The purpose being to detect problems as early as possible and accommodate the child's learning in the most appropriate way available. The government provides special-needs facilities for children from the age of 3 to 18 (and 21 on application).

Special-needs children are accepted into the regular school system to aid integration and provide support. Children with greater needs receive extra after school education with special needs teachers assigned to a school.

Hearing-impaired and autistic children are accepted to pre-primary schools with special facilities and may attend on a part-time basis. There are special schools for children with severe physical, mental or emotional needs, although the education authorities do try to encourage interaction between such schools and children in the regular system.

The New Hope Special School is a private school for children with learning difficulties and is fully recognised by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus.

- For more information contact:

New Hope Special School

Tel:  22 494 820

Fax:  22 427 928


Cyprus Dyslexia Association

At: 146 Limassol Avenue, Flat D3, 4th floor, 2015 Strovolos

Tel: 22 319 411

Fax: 22 318 299


Higher and Tertiary Education

Higher education is available in Cyprus at state owned institutions (The Cyprus University) and private third-level institutions.

Related Information:

Ministry of Education and Culture

At: The corner of Thoucydides and Kimon,1434 Nicosia

Tel: 22 800 600 / 22 800 700 / 22 800 938

Fax: 22 427 559


List of Schools in Paphos, Cyprus

Information on Education in Cyprus is available from the Cyprus Government website:






Paphos State and Private English Schools' contact addresses and telephone numbers:    

Websites are in the process of  construction for all Greek State Schools, currently in the Greek language. Some are now available for viewing at:    

Primary Schools:            http://www.schools.ac.cy/paf_dim.html

Secondary Schools:            http://www.schools.ac.cy/paf_gym.html

Higher Education information:    http://www.highereducation.ac.cy/


Paphos State and Private English Schools' contact addresses and telephone numbers:    

Greek Primary Schools in Paphos (Elementary)

Argaka    26321934

Ayia Marina Chrysochous    26342405

Chloraka A    26273781

Chloraka B (Lemba)    26271717

Emba    26935329

Innia    26332114

Kathikas    26632840

Kelokedara    26432427

Kissonerga    26943025

Konia    26936739

Mandria    26422122

Mesoyi    26910784

Panayia    26722430

Paphos 1st, Neofytio    26932235

Paphos 2nd, Demetrio    26932344

Paphos 3rd, Apos. Pavlos    26932244

Paphos 4th, Kato Pervolia    26932328

Paphos 5th, Mouttalos    26932627

Paphos 6th, Kato Paphos    26932443

Paphos 7th, Ayios Kenteas    26933573

Paphos 8th, Iordanio    26938417

Paphos 9th, Koupatio    26954479

Paphos 10th, Dasouthi    26947214

Paphos 11th, Meteora 1    26222913

Paphos 11th, Meteora 2    26222914

Peyia    26621084

Polis Chrysochous    26321335

Pomos    26342073

Prodromi    26321960

Simou    26817312

Stroumbi    26632450

Tala    26652336

Timi    26422179

Tremithousa    26653250

Tsada    26642009

Yeroskipou    26961026

Yiolou (Nursery)    26633400

Yiolou    26632047


Greek Secondary Schools in Paphos (Gymnasiums)

Emba    26944724

Panayia    26722447

Paphos Apostolos Pavlou    26953795

Paphos Ayia Theodorou    26913263

Paphos Nikolaidiou    26932341

Polis Chrysochous    26321447

Polemi    26632315

Yeroskipou    26963355


Aspire Private British School      26623606

American Academy Paphos    26939495

International School of Paphos    26821700