Government funding for the network of special colleges for Roma students will be raised from 140 million forints (EUR 430,000) this year to 550 million in 2019, state secretary for social affairs and social inclusion of the Ministry of Human Resources Attila Fülöp said in Tata (W Hungary) on Saturday.
Speaking at the opening conference of the academic year 2018/2019 of the Christian Roma Special College Network, Fulop said the network of special secondary schools for social inclusion will receive government funding for the first time next year, totalling 2.5 billion forints.
The state secretary said the number of Roma students at special colleges is increasing every year. This year, 325 Roma students started their studies in higher education. Statistics show that 90 percent of those earning a degree at the special colleges work in stable jobs.
This year, the two-day opening conference of the academic year of the Christian Roma Special College Network was organised by the Jesuitic Roma Special College, with support from the Ministry of Human Resources, the Budapest office of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the Foundation for a Civic Hungary, the Christian Roma Special College Network and the eleven Roma special colleges in the country.