New Decree Renders Hungarian Teachers’ Strike Ineffective

  • 14 Feb 2022 6:53 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
New Decree Renders Hungarian Teachers’ Strike Ineffective
A decree signed by Viktor Orbán issued on Friday stipulates that childcare must be provided at schools if teachers go on strike.

The Democratic Union of Teachers said “The decree makes it virtually impossible to strike in educational institutions”.

Childcare must be guaranteed between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., 5 p.m. or 6 p.m., depending on the level of the school.

At least one qualified teacher or pedagogical assistant must be available for each group or class, according to the decree. Children should receive their usual meals, care, and spend time outdoors.

In secondary schools, all lessons preparing students for final exams must be taught. Other students must have half of their classes taught, while preschool classes do not need to be held.

Teachers are threatening an indefinite strike starting on March 16. They announced that the Ministry of Human Resources has initiated another round of negotiations on February 16.

Educators nationwide went on a two-hour warning strike on January 31, with about 20,000 people participating.

The ministry has called the strike illegal and alleges that opposition political parties are behind the protest.

MTI Photo: János Nemes

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