Ministry of Education and Culture

The Ministry of Education and Culture provides the following services:

Children for whom special education and training has been granted are entitled to free attendance at:

  • Public School – Ordinary Classroom
  • Public School – Special Unit
  • School of Special Education and Education
  • Home or in nursing homes if for health reasons they can not attend the usual school curriculum for a long time

    Parents are subsidized to transfer non-attending children to their neighborhood school
    To provide special education and education, teachers for mental, emotional and other deaf, deaf, blind, special, musical, occupational therapy, speech therapy, acuology, educational psychology and physiotherapy are employed.

Pilot implementation of the 2017-18 school year program for accessing accessible buses for children with severe mobility disabilities in the Nicosia province has begun, ensuring the participation of children in school activities outside the school.




Each Provincial Special Education and Education Committee receives information from parents, nursery or kindergarten or primary school or secondary school teachers or any other member of their educational staff, a doctor, a psychologist, a social worker for children who may have special educational or other needs.

Notification forms are available in all public kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools and the District Education Offices as well as on the Ministry of Education website.





Based on the Education and Training of Children with Special Needs Laws from 1999 to 2014, the Provincial Special Education and Training Committee is the body responsible for assessing the needs of each child with a view to providing special education and training or other support for the satisfaction of needs.

The multidisciplinary Provincial Committee decides, depending on the evaluation, whether or not to provide the child with special education and training and, if such training is decided, to determine the details of the specific training.





Following a relevant decision by the Provincial Committee on the need for a school assistant / attendant, the Ministry of Education and Culture informs the affected School Committees, which have the responsibility to employ these staff through a Recruitment Committee.

The recruitment committee is a seven member and the parents of the children to be served are also entitled to participate.

More information is available on the Provincial Committees (see below) and on the following website.




Nicosia – Tel: 22800885, Fax: 22305503
Limassol – Tel: 25822054, Fax: 25305673
Larnaca – Famagusta – Tel: 24821371, Fax: 24813278
Paphos – Tel: 26804535, Fax: 26911527


Disabled facilities for exams

  • Additional exam time
  • Read and simplify the language version of the test specimen
  • Exemption from spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Transcriber for recording responses while dictating candidates
  • Exemption from listening / understanding of text
  • Explained test sample for candidates with hearing loss
  • Short breaks
  • Clerk for faithful copying of the candidates’ reply queue at the end of the examination


They are granted according to the needs and particularities of people with special needs.

On the basis of the State Student Welfare Law of 2015 (Law 203 (I) / 2015), student allowances are granted to subsidize specific needs, taking into account property and income and social criteria.

Beneficiaries: Citizens permanently residing in Cyprus for at least 5 years prior to commencement of studies at Higher and Higher Education Institutions in Cyprus.

The student benefit assessment is based on an application and based on a grading system that measures economic and social criteria. The allocation of the application will be made in order to rank all eligible applicants as a matter of priority (based on the aggregate of the applicant’s aggregate).

Property Criteria: The right to claim student benefits has a family whose total assets value does not exceed € 1,200,000, including:

1. financial assets of the family at current prices (eg deposits, shares, bonds, bonds) and
2. of the immovable property of the family at prices 1.1.2013, as these have been calculated by the land registry.


Income criteria: The right to claim student benefits has a family whose annual gross family income does not exceed € 39,000.00 (when it has up to two children.

For families with more than two children, the annual gross family income may exceed € 59,000.00 and € 3,000 (three thousand euros) for each additional child beyond the second.

Income criteria are compounded. The allocation table is available at the following website.

Social Criteria: The assessment of applications will take into account social problems / health problems faced by the student and / or the family, provided that all relevant certificates / certificates are attached.

Consider, among other things, whether the student and / or members of his / her family

  • They have a serious illness and / or disability
  • They are EWC recipients
  • They are recipients of disability pension

Social criteria are mature. The allocation table is available at the following website.


Benefit: Financial aid, per academic year, as follows:



  • Housing allowance – €1.800 (€150 x 12 months)
  • Fee for food – €1.092 (€7 x 156 days/year)
  • Purchase allowance for university books – Up to € 300
  • Purchase or upgrading of computer (PC) – Up to € 500

Application forms are available at the Student Welfare Service of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Citizen Service Centers, Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaka and Paphos District Offices, as well as on the Student Welfare Services and Postal Services Department websites.

 More information is available at 22 804002/17 (Student Welfare Service) and on the following website.