Budapest, July 8 (MTI) – The government is set to create a new education forum that will incorporate all the key players in the field of education, the state secretary for education said in an interview to daily Magyar Idők published on Friday.
Details about how the forum will function have yet to be ironed out, and they will be discussed at September’s meeting of the public education roundtable, Palkovics told the paper. What is certain at this point is that the forum, which was initiated by the teachers unions, will work under the human resources minister.
The state secretary noted that the state schools agency that will replace its predecessor, Klik, will be a smaller organisation and will act as an intermediary between the human resources ministry and school district centres.
He said the government will finish selecting school district centre leaders over the coming days, adding that managerial skills are an important qualification.
Palkovics said the ministry will decide how to restructure the schoolyear when it finalises the new national curriculum. The current plans are to extend the schoolyear by a couple of weeks into the summer while also extending the in-year holidays. The restructuring would be aimed at reducing the burden on students, he said.