Election 2018 – LMP: Swedish education system example for Hungary
The green opposition LMP does not want to learn from semi-dictatorships but from countries that have been able to develop, the party’s prime ministerial candidate Bernadett Szél said on Tuesday after talks with Swedish Education Minister Gustav Fridolin.
LMP’s election programme focuses on education more than any other party’s, she said at a joint press conference with Fridolin. In order to provide an international standard of education to young Hungarians, LMP plans to double resources available for the sector, offer more freedom to teachers and reduce the burdens on students and also on teachers.
She promised to triple the wages of career-starter teachers, double the total amount allocated for teachers’ salaries and return schools under the control of local councils.
Based on experiences gained in the Swedish education system, Szél said the number of teaching assistants would be doubled, integrated education developed and teachers offered extra financing or accommodation in underprivileged regions.
LMP would make the acquisition of not only the first degree free but also of the second and third degrees and even of the PhD qualification, she added.
Fridolin, who is also co-chair of Sweden’s Green Party, said he greatly valued the cooperation his party maintained with LMP.
Szél said in response to a question about the possible sources of financing that resources would be taken away from “Fidesz oligarchs” and the money will not be spent on building stadiums.
In response to a question about the possibility of a future coalition government proposed by Socialists-Párbeszéd prime ministerial candidate Gergely Karácsony, she said LMP would not form a coalition either with the right wing including Fidesz and Jobbik or the left wing including the Socialists and their allies.
The only area of possible cooperation would be to prepare the grounds for democratic elections and hold early elections because the current system is not democratic, she added.
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