Budapest (MTI) – Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog on Saturday met representatives of the National Teachers Chamber and professional organisations and agreed on setting up a public education roundtable, modeled after the existing higher education roundtable, to improve the state of public education.
Judit Bertalan Czunyi, Hungary’s state secretary of public education, said delegates at the meeting agreed on reducing teachers’ administrative burdens by one-third.
Balog said the government will continue raising teachers’ wages, with the final phase of the wage increases coming in September 2017. The government has so far spent 200 billion forints (EUR 642.5m) on increasing teachers’ wages and a further 34 billion forints are allocated for further increases this year, the minister said. He said all primary school students would receive their textbooks for free by 2020.
Head of the National Teachers Chamber Peter Horvath said one of the ways the chamber would contribute to the roundtable was by giving recommendations on how to improve the Klebelsberg Centre (KLIK), the state body which manages schools. He said the roundtable would also have to solve the growing shortage of teachers.