The opposition LMP is submitting a proposal to parliament calling for a sharp increase in teachers’ wages, and improving their work environment.
Marking World Teachers’ Day, held on October 5 worldwide, LMP lawmaker Krisztina Hohn said that competitive wages would “restore the prestige” of the profession.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Hohn noted that according to the OECD’s Education at a Glance report, which was released in September, Hungarian high school teachers earn 30 percent below the average wages of degree-holders in Hungary. Teachers in elementary schools earn 40 percent below that average, she said.
Hohn insisted that “the National Curriculum was forced onto teachers without consulting with them and … they are expected to deliver in digital education without adequate digital tools and methodology”. As a consequence, teachers are increasingly hard to find in Hungary, she said.
LMP’s goal is a school system with “free education” and one that provides opportunities, Hohn said, adding that improving the quality of life and work of teachers is indispensable in that process.
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