The government will allocate about 120 billion forints (EUR 389.6m) more for education and teacher pay rises in next year’s budget, the education state secretary said on Sunday, on Teachers’ Day.
Total central budget spending on education will come to 2,000 billion forints, László Palkovics told a press conference in Zalaegerszeg, in western Hungary.
A significant portion of the extra funding will be spent on higher education, with 15 billion going to support research work at universities alone.
Some 45 billion forints will be spent on a 3.5 percent wage increase for teachers, in line with a career-path model, he said.
Palkovics said almost 200 billion forints would go toward European Union-funded projects in the education sector. These include infrastructure upgrades, procurement of equipment and teacher training, he added.
Another 45 billion forints will go toward IT developments, ensuring broadband internet and Wi-Fi in all schools by 2020, he said.