Age of children starting school to be raised

The Cabinet on Tuesday decided to gradually increase the age at which children start school to six following research indicating that it is more difficult for younger children to adjust to primary school.

According to the education ministry, as of the 2020-2021 school year children entering first grade must be five years and 10 months old, two months older than the current age threshold.

As of the school year 2021-2022, first graders must be six by September 1 of each school year to be admitted to primary school.

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“We have cases of flu, fevers, respiratory infections; the situation is especially difficult and we are trying to cope,” Sotiris Koumas said.

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