Budapest (MTI) – The 2015 budget bill indicates that 100 billion forints (EUR 324m) will be withdrawn from secondary education, and this could mean teacher layoffs, trade union PDSZ said on Monday.
Laszlo Mendrey, the union’s leader, called on lawmakers to reconsider the section of the budget bill on public education and not to approve it in its current form.
He told a press conference that letters had been sent to all trade unions that had participated in a strike committee set up in 2011, asking them to coordinate steps such as possible street protests and strikes.
Another major teacher union, PSZ, said the 2015 budget in its current form would bring about a “catastrophic” situation in the entire public education system.
In a statement, the union said not only would the entire school system be put in danger but tens of thousands of teachers and the future of children would also be put on a knife-edge. The statement also cited figures in the budget which the union insisted would be inadequate for covering a range of earlier commitments made by the government to the tune of 150-200 billion forints.
The ministry of human resources said in a statement that spending on public education would rise by 8 percent next year.
It said additional resources would be directed each year towards the government’s goal of improving education standards, primarily by raising the wages of the best performing teachers. Both this year and next, spending on teacher pay will rise, the ministry insisted.
Besides state funding for public education, European Union financing will also be deployed, the statement said. In the 2014-2020 budget period, investments in the development of education infrastructure will receive priority status, it added.