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Cyprus: Education

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made in (a) Northern Cyprus and (b) the Republic of Cyprus on education reform, with particular reference in each case to (i) the history curriculum and (ii) the availability of language teaching in the other community’s language; and if he will make a statement. (245222)

In 2003, Turkish Cypriots decided to revise their history textbooks. This September, the Republic of Cyprus Education Minister Andreas Demetriou announced the setting up of a committee of experts to review Greek Cypriot history books.

Despite commitments from both sides, the availability of language teaching in the other community’s language is limited. There is currently one Greek Primary School and one Greek Secondary School in the Karpas area. There are currently a number of Turkish Cypriot students that attend a Greek Cypriot school in Limassol, where Turkish language classes are also provided.