ADVERTISEMENT

Parliament Passes Controversial Education Reform Law

Parliament

Image by Shutterstock.com

The Hungarian Parliament has today passed a controversial education reform bill that will change the legal status of teachers, while a pack of teachers demonstrated on Kossuth tér.

MPs voted by 134 votes in favor, 60 against, and no abstentions on the parts of the bill on the new career path for teachers that require a qualified majority, and by 136 votes in favor, 58 against, and no abstentions on the parts that require a simple majority, according to a report by news siteTelex.

The new education law changing the legal status of teachers will enter into force on January 1, 2024.

Before the entry into force, teachers will be informed that their status as public employees will be terminated and will have to declare whether they wish to transfer to the status of public education employees. So far, thousands of teachers have indicated that they will resign if the status law is introduced, according to the report.

Those who do not sign the new status will no longer be allowed to work as teachers. Those who declare in writing between September 15-29 this year that they do not accept the change of status will receive only one month's severance pay for less than 20 years' service, two months' worth of pay for between 20 and 30 years, and three months' worth for more than 30 years of service.

Protests against the adoption of the law started on Kossuth tér in front of the Parliament building on the morning of the vote. Protesters chalked up a sign reading "Future" on the ground and then covered it with a hundred kilograms of ice, aiming to demonstrate how "the future will melt away" once the law is passed, according to the report.

Lawmakers Approve Tax Changes

Also on Tuesday, the Parliament cleared tax changes proposed by the government. MPs approved the legislation with a vote of 136 for, 49 against, and nine abstentions, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

The legislation adjusts excise tax rates to European Union minimums and rolls out a "green tax" on airlines, similar to ones in a number of other EU member states.

It also codifies a number of measures earlier introduced by decree, including tax preferences for mothers under the age of 30, the elimination of dedicated Szép voucher card spending accounts and the scrapping of the 13% employer contribution for Simplified Contribution to Public Revenues (Ekho) taxpayers.

Prospects of Hungarian Feed Industry Favorable This Year Crops

Prospects of Hungarian Feed Industry Favorable This Year

Hungary Opposes Freeing up Further EUR 6.5 bln From EPF Int’l Relations

Hungary Opposes Freeing up Further EUR 6.5 bln From EPF

1st Primark Store in Hungary Opens Retail

1st Primark Store in Hungary Opens

New Textile Collection Celebrates Hungary's Furmint Grape Wi... Art

New Textile Collection Celebrates Hungary's Furmint Grape Wi...

SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL

Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.