Budapest, April 23 (MTI) – The opposition Socialist Party has accused the government of removing democratic control and the right of self-government in education, effectively making participants in the sector “subjects”.
Party leader Jozsef Tobias told a conference on Thursday that access to knowledge is vitally important. Every European country except for Hungary has realised that reducing poverty and expanding equal opportunities hinges on widening access to education. Hungary has failed to understand that a person’s success relies on the ability to continually develop based on a solid foundation of knowledge, he added.
Hungary’s government in the past five years has deprived schools of their democratic control, he said, adding that ever since schools were taken out of local authority control and put under the aegis of a state body, the Klebersberg Centre, neither teachers, parents nor pupils any longer have the freedom to customise the curriculum to their needs.
The party’s education spokesman, Istvan Hiller, said it was clear from the government’s measures that they were trying to politically and ideologically indoctrinate young people, while the financing of higher education is geared towards maximising the government’s ability to exercise power.
The minimum school-leaving age should be restored to 18 from 16, he said, adding that raising rather than lowering the age threshold is a global trend. The biggest problem is vocational training. Instead of becoming apprentices, students should be given the ability to acquire the kind of knowledge that they can adapt to their future needs.