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Some 10,500 teachers will receive a one-off bonus payment of 500,000 forints (EUR 1,412) for their work in helping pupils catch up in their studies in 400 disadvantaged localities, the human resources minister said on Wednesday.

As the health situation related to the coronavirus epidemic began to improve at the beginning of June, several pupils got the opportunity to catch up with the curriculum in form of individual online learning or in small study groups, Miklós Kásler said in a video message posted on his Facebook page.

But many pupils did not have the opportunity to follow suit, he said.

Distance Learning Concludes with Extra Efforts by Families and Gained Digital Experience
Distance Learning Concludes with Extra Efforts by Families and Gained Digital Experience

Like other European countries, Hungary decided back in March to close public schools and introduce remote digital learning in order to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Even with some forced optimism at the beginning of the suddenly introduced changes, it was clear that students, teachers, and parents would face many difficulties; however, at […]Continue reading

The government has decided to launch a programme with a budget of more than 6 billion forints to help the education of these children by supporting local teachers for their work, Kásler said, adding that the scheme is set to be concluded by January 31 next year.

Commenting on the current Covid-19 situation in Hungary, Kásler said the number of active infections was rising in several neighbouring countries which posed a threat of importing the virus.

Coronavirus: Schools Find It Hard to Comply with Epidemiological Protocols
Coronavirus: Schools Find It Hard to Comply with Epidemiological Protocols

The new school year starts in one week, which the government is planning to conduct with regular classroom teaching for the time being – digital education is not yet seen as justified. However, schools have to comply with a strict epidemiological protocol to prevent the risk of infection among students. According to Péter Horváth, President […]Continue reading

“We must maintain the state of preparedness which means that the government will keep monitoring the circumstances of the epidemic and will be swift in implementing the necessary measures,” the minister said.

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