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Educational System for the Deaf in Cyprus

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Infants Age Group: 0-3 yrs Age Group: 0-3 yrs No. of Deaf: 15-20 No. of Deaf: 15-20 No. of Teachers: 1 No. of Teachers: 1 Communicative skills: Oral/Sign Communicative skills: Oral/Sign

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Pre-school Age Group: 3-6 yrs Age Group: 3-6 yrs No. of Deaf: 15 No. of Deaf: 15 No. of Teachers: 4 teachers for the deaf & pre- school teachers. No. of Teachers: 4 teachers for the deaf & pre- school teachers. Communicative Skills: Sign or oral Communicative Skills: Sign or oral

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Primary Age Group: 6-12 yrs Age Group: 6-12 yrs No. of Deaf: 75 in Public Schools & 3 in School for the Deaf No. of Deaf: 75 in Public Schools & 3 in School for the Deaf No. of Teachers : 18 teachers for the Deaf and 70 elementary school teachers No. of Teachers : 18 teachers for the Deaf and 70 elementary school teachers Communicative skills: Mainly Oral & Some sign Communicative skills: Mainly Oral & Some sign

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Middle & Upper Age Group: 12-21 yrs Age Group: 12-21 yrs No. of Deaf: 93 in Public schools & 5 in School for the Deaf No. of Deaf: 93 in Public schools & 5 in School for the Deaf No. of Teachers: No. of Teachers: >350 - High school teachers >3 - coordinators >?- teachers for secondary subjects >10 – High school teachers for the school for the deaf Communicative Skills: Oral & Sign with a translator Communicative Skills: Oral & Sign with a translator

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Universities & Colleges Age Group: >18 yrs Age Group: >18 yrs No. of Deaf: 24 in Universities & 12 in Colleges No. of Deaf: 24 in Universities & 12 in Colleges No. of Teachers: ? No. of Teachers: ? Communicative skills: ? Communicative skills: ?

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Diversity of Communicative Skills of teachers and pupils Teachers have different educational background & are appointed with no basic information or training. Teachers have different educational background & are appointed with no basic information or training. Seminars for ordinary teachers are optional. Seminars for ordinary teachers are optional. Now, sign language is a prerequisite for new teachers. Now, sign language is a prerequisite for new teachers. No conduct amongst deaf students in Educational Syst. No conduct amongst deaf students in Educational Syst. Sign language is not part of the curriculum. Sign language is not part of the curriculum. One deaf teacher One deaf teacher No support at the University level No support at the University level

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