8 High School Teachers Fired for Civil Disobedience

Government

The Ministry of the Interior announced on Wednesday that eight teachers of three high schools in the capital were fired from their posts for civil disobedience, effective from December 1, according to a report by hvg.hu.

According to the ministry statement, these are teachers who had previously been warned that they could be fired if they refused to work for any reason.

The report says six of the fired teachers work at the Karinthy Frigyes Gimnázium. According to RTL, one teacher was dismissed from the Eötvös József Gimnázium, and one from the Vörösmarty Mihály Gimnázium.

The ministry also said that a further 24 teachers will be informed by the head of their institution about the consequences of unlawful refusal to work.

The government claims that it is putting "the interests of students before everything else" in the dismissals. According to the government, teachers who resort to civil disobedience to fight for better conditions in the education sector are limiting students' ability to fulfill their compulsory education obligations and exercise their right to education, as enshrined in the constitution.

At the same time, the Ministry of the Interior continues to threaten the protesting teachers, saying their position is unwavering and that they have acted and will continue to act consistently against those who unlawfully refuse to do their jobs.

A demonstration in support of the sacked teachers is being organized on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Ministry of the Interior in Budapest, according to the Facebook page of the Tanítanék (I Want to Teach) movement.

In the past few months, several demonstrations were held in Hungary in solidarity with teachers who resorted to civil disobedience and strikes to call attention to low wages and poor working conditions in the education sector.

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