Hungarian Teachers Union Wants Compulsory Schooling Age Restored To 18

  • 2 Jun 2014 9:00 AM
Hungarian Teachers Union Wants Compulsory Schooling Age Restored To 18
The Democratic Trade Union of Teachers (PDSZ) has called on the government to restore the upper age limit for compulsory schooling to 18 years. Speaking in front of the Ministry of Human Resources on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, the union’s chief, László Mendrey, said membership of the National Teachers’ Chamber should be made voluntary rather than mandatory.

 Mendrey said the “monopoly” of the government’s Klebelsberg School Manager (KLIK) should be rethought, and municipalities that are capable of running their schools should be given the chance to do so. The Ministry of Human Resources said the government had proven in the past four years, with actions rather than rhetoric, that it considers the work of teachers to be important.

The government has made the career of teaching secure, fair and predictable with the introduction of the career model, it said, adding that the 34 percent wage increase last September was the highest since the change of political system almost 25 years ago. The radical nationalist Jobbik also criticised KLIK, arguing that membership in the National Chamber of Teachers should be voluntary.

The introduction of the career model had not brought any real recognition for teachers, Jobbik said. Green opposition party LMP said the education system was over-centralised and the National Chamber of Teachers should be abolished.

The E-PM alliance said the school year now drawing to a close had started with the state non-profit company responsible for providing textbooks incapable for months on end of getting the right material to schools, while in the middle of the year the Fidesz government had in practice nationalised the provision of textbooks.

Now teachers have a restricted choice of which books to teach from, E-PM said.


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