First public education roundtable meets, PSZ stays away
The first roundtable meeting on Hungary’s public education convened today with the Ministry of Human Capacities, the Democratic Union of Teachers (PDSZ) and the principal of Herman Ottó secondary school in Miskolc in attendance, however, the Teachers Union (PSZ), which is planning a demonstration for Saturday, was absent, according to reports.
Those who attended the meeting expressed their satisfaction following the roundtable discussion, claiming that representatives of the government, including minister Zoltán Balog, were understanding and open to constructive criticism. The government promised to reorganize the budget of the Klebelsberg Institution Maintenance Center (KLIK) – the centralized education body set up by the Fidesz government. It also promised to provide bank cards for principals to cover costs incurred by schools and decrease administrative tasks that teachers claimed were overwhelming, and took away valuable time they could otherwise spend with their students.
PSZ stayed away from the roundtable meeting, and is planning a nationwide demonstration on Saturday, but prior to that representatives of the union are scheduled to meet representatives of the ministry and also minister Balog, to discuss their 25-point list of demands, which also includes retaining the autonomy of schools and taking back centralized power from KLIK.
SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.