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Hungarian government could completely take over schools

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The Hungarian government could assume more authority over schools and become responsible for the maintenance and operations of institutions in the country under a bill submitted to the Hungarian Parliament yesterday, according to reports.

The solution, which apparently calls for greater centralization, seems to go against the demands of teachers, who said they want more local control as they held demonstrations and strikes during the past school year. 

Mixed administration of public schools did not meet expectations, according to a consensus of the roundtable meeting regarding Hungarian education, the undersecretary responsible for education said yesterday, according to reports. The official said that placing all schools under state control is expected to eliminate problems present in Hungarian education, according to reports. 

In response to the demands of Hungarian teachers, the government said earlier that it would dismantle Klebelsberg Institution Maintenance Center (KLIK), which teachers criticized for its overly centralized administration of education in the country.

According to reports, the new system the government is planning to establish will work on three levels, with KLIK being on the top, school district authorities across Hungary in the middle and schools on the bottom.

Currently 55% of Hungarian schools are controlled by local authorities and 45% directly by the Hungarian state, reports said.

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