During the past few years, the syllabi of all IT courses taught at Secondary Education Level schools have been updated in order to meet European standards and current trends. The teaching of these courses at the Gymnasium and the Lyceum levels aims to engage students in meaningful learning using the computer as a problem-solving tool.
In all Lyceums, and depending on the curriculum needs, there are 130 IT labs for the purpose of teaching all computer science courses. Each lab contains 18 computers, printers, scanners, and multimedia hardware. In all Gymnasiums, depending on the curriculum needs, there are 181 IT labs with 17 computers and a printer per lab. All computers in all IT labs are connected to the Internet via ADSL lines. Furthermore, a video projector is installed in all computer science laboratories. The video projector is connected to the instructor’s computer.
In 2013 the eLearning course offered by CISCO Networking Academy was continued to fourteen Lyceums in Cyprus. Several computer science teachers were trained ahead in order to facilitate the course.
In all Gymnasiums, IT courses are taught for two periods per week in each of the three grades. The main objective of the courses is for students to cover material of European standards (ECDL). Furthermore, students are taught basic issues of algorithms and programming. In the A’ Lyceum grade, the IT science course is taught for two periods per week and the objective is to introduce students to computer science. In B’ and C’ grades of the Lyceum the main IT course is taught for four periods per week and the special interest course is taught for two periods per week in each grade.