The Ministry of Education and Culture (MοEC) is responsible for the administration of public and the supervision of private schools of pre-primary, primary and secondary level as well as the educational institutions of Post-Secondary and Tertiary level and the Universities. It prepares the educational budget, drafts new laws regarding education and sees to the implementation of existing ones. The Minister of Education and Culture is the liaison with the Cabinet for issues Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, having relevant competence in these fields and represents the Republic of Cyprus at the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council of the European Union.
The function of MoEC is to develop and implement education policy in line with the government’s declared vision at national level. The MoEC is required to develop strategic goals and programs to fulfil the government’s vision, to prepare annual operational plans, to monitor and assess progress towards achieving the goals, and to support educational institutions in implementing the programs. In addition, the MoEC is responsible for the continuing professional development for teachers and school principals and for the inspection of schools. It is also dealing with research related to education and culture.