News Local Parents of private school children request fee reductions

Parents of private school children request fee reductions

Some parents of private school children are requesting refunds on fees paid claiming that remote learning is not the same as learning in class, the Cyprus Mail reported today.

Meanwhile, private school owners insist on payment of fees without reductions, while other schools are even planning to increase fees as the school year has been extended to the end of June.

A group of parents at the Junior School in Nicosia have reportedly requested fee cuts a while back, pointing out that for the first two weeks it did not offer any remote lessons to the children while subsequent teaching was of limited duration with younger pupils being taught for only one period a day.

They also argued that with schools closed for two months the operating costs for the school have dropped significantly.

Speaking to philenews, head of the association of 7-year secondary schools Akis Gregoriou said that there is no official claim by parents to reduce fees as a result of the two-month distant teaching brought about by Coronavirus, noting that private schools are independent businesses and pricing constitutes a private agreement between the school and the concerned party.

However, Gregoriou said that given the fact that some families have been financially affected by the crisis, each private school could look into providing some flexibility with payments or even consider targeted discounts to families who can demonstrate they have been significantly affected by the pandemic.

Asked whether there are schools that requested an increase in fees with the argument that the school year has been extended to the end of June, Gregoriou was taken aback and said that he has not received such information but expressed the opinion that this should not go forward.

“It is inconceivable to raise fees in the middle of a financial crisis because schools will remain open for two or three weeks longer,” he explained.

Top Stories

91 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday

The Health Ministry announced 91 new COVID-19 cases on 26 October, out of 2,285 laboratory tests, taking confirmed infections to 3,636. The break-down of new...

Bottled water withdrawn from Cyprus market

The Health Ministry is informing consumers that within the framework of the officials tests conducted in the market, the Ministry’s health services have tested...

President: Attack against Macron insults European values

In a written statement, President Anastasiades said that this attack, against the French President from the leader of a country which is candidate for...

Finance Minister: No lockdown forseen in 2021 state budget

Minister of Finance Constantinos Petrides called on MPs to approve the 2021 state budget given the critical moments facing Cyprus due to the coronavirus...

Mitsotakis-Anastasiades have working lunch

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday had a working lunch with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades. According to government sources, during the lunch they discussed Turkey's...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...