Teacher union turns to Orban with complaints about public education
Budapest (MTI) – Hungarian public education is “underfinanced, over-centralised and bureaucratic,” members of a major teachers’ union said at a forum ahead of sending a letter of protest addressed to Viktor Orban, the prime minister.
The system pays no regard to the child and there are schools in which three-quarters of staff are prepared to hold a strike, the Teachers’ Trade Union (PSZ) said on Saturday.
Some teachers have not received their wages for the last three months, they said.
Piroska Gallo, PSZ’s chairwoman, said that on Teachers’ Day, Hungarian public education should be celebrating, but because of the reorganisation of the sector there was no reason to.
Gallo also dismissed recent remarks by the state secretary for education to the effect that public surveys indicated general satisfaction among teachers. Conversely, teachers at a forum organised by the union expressed exasperation over the code of conduct which they are expected to abide by, the new core curriculum and terms and conditions attached to the job, she said.