Alternative Classes Held during ‘National Student Strike’
MTI-Hungary Today 2019.09.16.
Alternative classes were held during a national student strike held in the cities of in Budapest, Pécs and Szombathely on Friday.
The strike was announced at a student demonstration held in late August in protest against an amendment to the law on public education. All students were asked to stay home today as an expression of their protest against the changes to the law.
Tamás Szűcs, head of the Democratic Trade Union of Teachers (PDSZ), told a press conference on Friday that today’s education structure characterised the heyday of the Communist-era Kádár regime. Centralisation of the system is ongoing and innovation is being “stifled”, he added.
He said that many more teachers were dissatisfied than the number of those who had openly talked about their grievances, adding that it was even harder to persuade teachers to take action.
PDSZ’s aim, he said, was to provide students the help they had asked for rather than dominate proceedings. Students’ demands, he added, were similar to those made at the time of the 1989-1990 regime change.