Teachers set for Tuesday protest


Teachers union POED is set to stage a demonstration on Tuesday against the new appointment and examination procedures being planned by the Education Ministry.

The demonstration on Tuesday is scheduled to start outside the Education Ministry at 11 am.

Teacher’s representatives are set to hand over to Education Minister Costas Kadis a memorandum calling for the abolition of the new procedures. The teachers will then march on to the Presidential Palace where they will hand over a second memorandum to President Nicos Anastasiades.

According to POED General Secretary Apostolos Apostolides there are two reasons POED wanted the new procedures scrapped.

The first refers to the recent court ruling in the Koulourou case which recognises the Indefinite Fixed Term Employee law in education and has set a precedent.

“The Ministry should have first sorted out the labour issues before moving on to examinations and new procedures,” said Apostolides.

“We are of the opinion that the Education Ministry has the legal and political responsibility to review the situation,” said Apostolides adding the Ministry would either be faced by paying compensation to educators who referred to the court ruling or to fire some of those who were recruited through the new procedures.

POED also believes that the new system is flawed.

“The Education Committee could not answer questions regarding substitute teachers and there are other issues too.”

Although POED has information that the legal Services are reviewing the Koulourou case, Kadis claims to have no knowledge of the situation.

Kadis did, however, make it clear that the Ministry had made moves to ensure the positions of teachers who have been employed by the Ministry for at least thirty months.

“In the meantime, any new developments will be examined with the Legal Services,” said Kadis