It has been made public what developments and reforms the Hungarian government plans to achieve from the EU recovery funds. Among the plans are notebooks for students and teachers, social solar power plants, and railway development.
The non-reimbursable funds of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) may soon be available to the Hungarian government, reports Telex. However, the European Commission wants to freeze several thousand million forints from EU budget subsidies due to concerns about the rule of law. In total, approximately 5.8 billion euros is granted to Hungary in non-reimbursable support from the RRF.
The 567-page Hungarian document plans developments and reforms in nine areas. The European Commission has analysed the plans in a document. According to the report issued by the Hungarian government, both students and teachers could get free notebooks. The coronavirus epidemic highlighted that neither students nor teachers had equal access to digital education. Therefore, they want to get 2in1 notebooks for 5-8 graders, and notebooks from 9th grade. A total of 579,000 notebooks will be distributed to students and teachers. However, only 85 percent of the students would get one.
During the epidemic, many working parents could not manage their children’s supervision. Therefore, they plan to create 12,000 new nursery places. In addition, they support the education of students with special educational needs (SEN). And in disadvantaged areas, they try to link those attending small schools to larger, better equipped schools.
The Hungarian government has already announced that they would like to raise the salaries of teachers from the EU recovery fund. Thus, teacher salaries will reach at least 80 percent of the average graduate salary by August 2025. Furthermore, in order to reduce the risks of segregation, they would reduce by 10 percent the support of schools with a blatantly low proportion of disadvantaged students. With this, they want to encourage schools to support disadvantaged students.
“The possibility of further raising the retirement age should be examined”, writes the document. According to the Hungarian government, it is worth considering the use of parameters such as having children or participation in screening tests. An independent international expert report on this will be published by 31 December 2023. Then, a public consultation on the reform options proposed in the report will be held until 30 June 2024, and the legislative process will be completed by 31 March 2025.