NICOSIA - Public primary school teachers’ union Poed yesterday expressed concern over anticipated changes to the way teachers are appointed to state schools.
Education Minister Kyriakos Kenvezos has submitted proposals for changes to the way state school teachers are appointed to the political parties and teacher unions.
If approved, the changes will see the current lists of teachers awaiting appointment phased out in stages from 2015-2018 with an increasing number of selections made from a new list using different criteria, including a written exam.
In an announcement, Poed said that the new method contained “doubtful criteria and suspicious changes” that would leave room for meddling.
It also defended the way teachers had been appointed to state schools up until now describing it as: “An achievement of education sector workers the practicability of which has, in the years of its implementation, assisted school administration in carrying out its work.”
Poed also said that the current process of appointment from a list ensured the system fair.
The teachers’ union questioned why the issue has surfaced at a time when appointments had, in any case, been frozen, and when a number of temporary teachers had not been reappointed and would be sent to the bottom of the new list.
Poed also said that it had submitted its positions to the Ministry last month.
State high school teachers’ union Oelmek yesterday made public a letter it had submitted to the Education Minister which said that while the current system was not perfect: “It is commonly acknowledged that it does not allow for any political, party or other interference.”
Oelmek also called for all teachers that had successfully passed through the Pre-service Training Programme with a view to being appointed to state schools in coming years to be given permanent status.