The head of communications of the National Conference of Student Self-Governments said that they had been in talks with the ministry on the matter of heating public dormitories. It is also plausible that state dormitories may have to close down. However, the city of Győr has a solution to the problem.
Universities are trying to find ways to save money. Overheads will increase significantly. Marcell Budai, head of communications for the National Conference of Student Self-Government (HŐOK), says that their demands had already been made to the ministry.
The closure of colleges is not considered acceptable, either during the examination period or during the academic term. Some institutions are planning a prolonged winter break so that the examination period on campus would end earlier while the spring semester would start later. On the other hand, universities consider scheduling a break between the two periods. However, this could only work with the cooperation of students.
“Unfortunately, there are students who live in the dormitories and have nowhere else to go, or much worse,” said Budai. For others, their livelihoods are threatened because their jobs are tied to the university town.
The HŐOK statement protests against the 18-degree heating limit. Budai says the ministry did not object to it. The limit only applies to state-run dormitories. Based on student feedback, Marcell Budai said that 18 degrees were not that tragic in university lecture halls. Even though the temperature limit does not affect the quality of education, sitting all day in barely heated lecture halls is not healthy, infostart.hu reports.
The energy crisis is also causing problems in Győr. There were plans to move several schools into one building or to introduce afternoon classes. However, Győr has finally adopted a different solution. The local thermal water system, which was previously out of use for 19 years, has been put into operation. It is already heating the Bercsényi School in Győr.
The Bercsényi School has nearly 1,000 students. Thanks to the above-mentioned practice, education can continue as usual. Two other schools will also be reorganised. The radiators have been already working as a result of the revived thermal water system. Imre Kovacsics, Director of Rába Quelle, said that under Bercsényi’s leadership, they had worked together to find ways to breathe life into the cut wells and pipe systems. The trial run, financed by Rába Quelle, was a success, index.hu reports.
Source: infostart.hu, index.hu