State universities to accept private school students
A proposal by the Ministry of Education for an alternative student admission procedure into public universities in Cyprus has been approved by the Council of Ministers, whereby all public and private school students of secondary education would have the right of equal access to state universities.
Education Minister Costas Kadis expressed his hope that the proposal would soon be passed by the House of Representatives so that the new university admission system will go into effect in the next academic year.
He noted that in order to ensure the level of knowledge of modern Greek all prospective students from public and private schools will have to take a language competency exam.
The Minister also assured that not a single seat is affected by the new procedure of those currently offered through the pancyprian exams since the places to be offered through the alternative procedure would be redundant, namely there will be an increase of the seats offered for the public universities.
The Ministry of Education said that the new admission procedure will be based on redundant seats of up to 10%.