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Teacher protest movement holds demo in front of the Hungarian Parliament

Teacher protest movement holds demo in front of the Hungarian Parliament

The teacher protest movement Tanítanék held a demonstration in front of Parliament on Sunday, demanding greater freedom from central government control in schools.

One of the movement’s representatives told a crowd of over one thousand gathered in Kossuth Square that all the major liberal and leftist opposition parties were expected to sign a document outlining Tanítanék’s demands, such as that students should “feel good” about studying.

Another representative of the movement, Olivér Pilz, said that

education in Hungary should be free of discrimination and segregation and the size of the curriculum should be radically reduced.

The focus should fall on skills rather than lexical knowledge and the administrative burden on teachers should likewise shrink. Further, spending on education should be gradually raised to 6 percent of GDP, he added.

Also attending the demo were the heads of three teacher unions and several opposition leaders.

As we wrote 9 days ago, thousands of students have gathered yesterday to the front of the Parliament, to Kossuth tér, as to protest for a fairer education system. If the demands of the students’ are not met by the end of January, there will be further protests. Read more HERE.

Photo: MTI

Source: MTI

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