Hungarian Teacher Union Rejects Planned School Guard

  • 10 Jun 2020 10:32 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Hungarian Teacher Union Rejects Planned School Guard
The PSZ teachers’ union has said it disagrees with a government plan to set up a school guard aimed at tackling violent crime in schools.

The government last week tabled a bill on providing security for teachers and students on school premises.

The guards would be authorised to take “professional and proportionate” action, including coercion if necessary.

PSZ said in a statement that the most effective way to contain or prevent school aggression was to increase the numbers of ancillary staff such as teaching assistants, family and youth-protection professionals and school psychologists.

PSZ also complained that the bill failed to adequately define the powers of the proposed school guards.

Meanwhile, opposition LMP said school guards are not a solution for school violence and urged social measures and tailored training.

Behaviour-related problems do exist in schools, but should be addressed from a social or educational aspect, national secretary Máté Kanász-Nagy told an online press conference.

Lawmaker Krisztina Hohn called on the government to introduce conflict-management training programmes for teachers, enhance school psychologist programmes and boost cooperation between family protection experts and schools.

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