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Developing The Future By Developing Schools – Hungary Spends 5.2 Percent Of GDP On Education

Robert Velkey 2017.08.29.

The government has allocated some 81.2 billion forints (EUR 270m) for a comprehensive development scheme in 527 schools in nearly 400 towns and villages around Hungary, Human Resources Minister Zoltán Balog said.

Nearly 200,000 students, representing every fifth student in Hungary, will benefit from the scheme. Of the 527 schools involved, 436 will be revamped and 91 will be expanded, Mr. Balog said. New classrooms will be built equipped with modern IT facilities and language labs. The schools will be involved in a large digital development scheme involving state-of-the-art IT access, he added. The developments will take place where they are mostly in need. Some 292 of the schools are in underdeveloped areas of the country, according the words of the Human Resources Minister.

Hungary spends 5.2 percent of GDP on education, which puts the country on a par with top-spender Poland. The government is funding a new 81.2 billion forint (EUR 270m) schools development scheme in 400 localities, the minister noted.

Implementation is starting in Borsod county, in eastern Hungary, and Bács-Kiskun county, in the south. Both areas have the greatest need for the development funding, he added.