State univer­si­ties to ac­cept pri­vate school stu­dents

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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%.

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