Hungary - Teachers join protest for ‘a minimum of education’ - January 31, 2018

The ‘I Would Teach’ movement held a demonstration in Budapest’s Kossuth Square to publicise policy recommendations. In a speech, a representative of the teachers’ union said that for the past 28 years every party has talked about the strategic importance of education but these words never translated into action. In the weeks before, the Budapest-Capital Administrative and Labour Court ruled that the nationalisation of council schools was unconstitutional. The government nationalised and centralised public education in two phases. In early 2013, the government took away the right of municipal councils to maintain schools (including the right to employ teachers, to pay them, and the overall professional management of schools). In 2017, with new legislation, the government forced the remaining few councils that still had the right to manage their respective school properties to hand them over to the state. A lawsuit brought against the Ministry of Human Resources ended after a year in January 2018 when the court determined that multiple parts of the law permitting the nationalisation of schools were unconstitutional.

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