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Municipalities give schools to churches

The financial problems and the clerical solution is increasingly appealing even to bigger towns, the daily Világgazdaság reports.

Although there are various opportunities for local governments to “rid” themselves of the educational facilities they can no longer finance, the recently approved education bill inherently advocates church control. While schools could also be transferred to county municipalities, they often struggle with similar financial problems. Conversely, schools that the municipality hands over to a church are eligible to receive extra benefits.

The method was initially expected to be common among disadvantaged smaller towns, but now it appears even biger citities with polpulations of 10,000 or more, such as Esztergom, Hatvan, Kazincbarcika and Szolnok are also interested.