Extra 173 million euros to Hungary’s church schools
Budapest (MTI) – The government has decided to grant an extra 54 billion forints (EUR 173m) from this year’s state coffers to church-run schools and kindergartens, Hungary’s state secretary in charge of church, minority and civil society relations said on Sunday.
The amount will be spent on reconstructing over 120 facilities in 60 to 70 towns and villages, Miklos Soltesz told a press conference.
At present, churches have a share of 14 percent in public education while 55 percent of the population declare themselves as belonging to a church, he said.
There is therefore a pressing need for church schools, all the more so since they attract far more applications than their capacity can meet, the state secretary said.