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.
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.
“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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