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DK Pledges Higher Pay for Teachers

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.06.21.

Teachers will benefit from a “decent” payrise, should the opposition win next year’s election and Klára Dobrev, the candidate of Democratic Coalition (DK), sets up Hungary’s next government, DK’s deputy group leader told an online press conference on Monday.

Gergely Arató, citing an assessment based on OECD figures, said that Hungarian teachers receive the second lowest salaries in the EU in comparison with other professionals. In Hungary, secondary-school teachers earn 70 percent of the average graduate salary, he said, adding that kindergarten and primary school teachers made even less.

Experienced Teachers' Salaries at Same Level as Minimum Wage of Skilled Workers
Experienced Teachers' Salaries at Same Level as Minimum Wage of Skilled Workers

The wages of teachers in Hungary are so low that the basic salary of those working in the sector with 3-5 years of professional experience does not exceed the level of payment of the monthly minimum wage for skilled workers. Economic news site Portfolio created a summary about the evolution of teacher salaries over the […]Continue reading

Arató slammed the government for spending billions of forints on “hunting expos and such gentlemanly passions”, while teachers are “humiliated with paltry salaries”.

An opposition government would again make teaching an attractive career for young people and “reward those that train the next generations”.

Featured photo by Noémi Bruzák/MTI