State-funded foreign language courses postponed again

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A program offering state-funded summer foreign language courses abroad for Hungarian secondary school students has been postponed in 2022, too, because of the pandemic, state news wire MTI reports, citing an article by daily Magyar Nemzet.

Mónika Bartos, the ministerial commissioner for coordinating the program, told the paper that the government decided to postpone the scheme for another year for "safety reasons" in light of the "continuing uncertainty caused by COVID-19".

The rollout of the state-funded two-week summer language courses abroad for pupils in the ninth and eleventh grades was initially slated for the summer of 2020. The government had earlier earmarked HUF 70 billion as a funding base for the program from 2022.

Bartos said the program remains "a priority" for the government.

"We all trust that there will be nothing to prevent its implementation in 2023," she added.

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