Organized parents in Nicosia and Limassol will stage protests on Thursday against the government’s decision on Wednesday to include children as young as six in its Covid-19 screening programme.
As well as to introduce mandatory masks in schools as of Monday to ward off a surge in the virus.
Fledgling Cyprus United Parents group sent the message that many are the parents willing to keep their children away from the class, Philenews reports.
At the same time, head of Parents of Primary School Students Federation Sotiris Christofi said they are also infuriated over the mask decision which is to lead to a bundle of difficulties.
Christofi also accused education authorities of being indifferent to the bad psychology of children after they will be forced to wear a mask.
Cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus have been ticking up in Cyprus, like elsewhere in Europe, over the past month.
By late Tuesday, authorities had recorded 131,028 cases since the pandemic broke out in March 2020, along with 590 deaths.
From Monday, children aged 6-11 will be required to undergo weekly screening for Covid-19, and wearing masks will be mandatory.
Cyprus introduced widespread restrictions on unvaccinated persons – an estimated 20 percent of the population – in August.