Vocational education overhaul expected to save 20% - newspaper

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The Economy Ministry expects the overhaul of Hungary's vocational education system to result in 20% reduction in the segment's budget, daily Magyar Nemzet said on Tuesday, quoting an official draft plan.

More than 700 vocational schools are planned to be merged into 50 organisations which will function as integrated regional training centers. This will help prevent parallel courses and result in the closure of many unnecessary, expensive workshops, the paper said.

Teachers will be expected to work in any school in a region, boosting the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of training. Classes will be bigger and the number of teachers will decline by 26%, according to the draft seen by the paper.

As a result of the changes, the number of non-vocational secondary school students is expected to drop by 40%, or by 121,000, in 2016 due to stricter entrance exam requirements. At the same time, the number of vocational college students at will rise by almost 30%.

The government announced earlier it would establish a dual education system in Hungary, one that combines apprenticeships and vocational training.

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