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Coronavirus: Párbeszéd Calls for Cancellation of School-Leaving Exams

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.04.24.

The opposition Párbeszéd (Dialogue) party has called on the government to cancel school-leaving exams, proposing that students should instead be offered grades based on their averages.

Addressing on an online press conference, Párbeszéd deputy group leader Bence Tordai noted the exams are scheduled to begin on May 4, while Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said the novel coronavirus outbreak was expected to peak the day before. Tordai insisted that

[Ruling] Fidesz is still refusing to listen to teachers, professional organisations and students despite warnings that it is extremely dangerous and irresponsible to organise the exams at this time.

He said the government was putting the fate and health of a hundred thousand students and hundreds of thousands of others at risk by organising the exams, arguing that it could result in the emergence of up to 2,000 clusters of infections.

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Tordai said students who wanted to improve their grades could be given the opportunity to take the exams, pointing out that this would affect “only a few thousand people”.

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