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More than 1,000 schools join day-long strike

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The day-long strike held by Hungarian teachers today was joined by approximately 25,000 people and 1,185 educational institutions, head of Teachers’ Union (PSZ) Mrs. István Galló said at a press conference today, according to reports.

Students sitting in the corridor today during the day-long strike. (Photo: MTI/Attila Balázs) 

Galló considered the strike a success, given that altogether 140,000 people work in the education sector. She added that there were institutions from which all teachers participated in the strike, while at other institutions only some of the teachers chose not to work.

After failing to agree with the Hungarian government on all the 25 points raised by the PSZ, the union decided to call a day-long strike.

Hungarian teachers have been vocal in the past few months about issues regarding the country’s education system, demanding that changes be made, including pay increases. They are also calling for a reduction of nationally prescribed compulsory teaching materials and fewer compulsory classes for students, as well as the decentralization of Hungary’s education system.

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