The opposition Socialist and LMP parties have pledged to increase wages and link teachers’ salaries to the minimum wage in the event of a change of government.
In a statement issued on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Socialist co-chair Ágnes Kunhalmi said everybody should be grateful to teachers and kindergarten staff who “teach, educate and love children with unwavering enthusiasm despite challenging and often undignified circumstances.”
During the pandemic, teachers had to master digital education almost overnight last year and “were able to cope with the unexpected situation in system that is very far from modern or supportive,” she added.
The emergency situation highlighted the importance of having many dedicated, creative teachers in the country, Kunhalmi said.
Yet, she added, the government was still unwilling to take action to tackle the shortage of teachers or make the profession attractive again.
The Socialist Party, she noted, had made a vow in its primary election manifesto to link teachers’ salaries to the minimum wage and introduce free teacher training tuition after 2022.
In a statement, the green LMP party said teachers faced huge difficulties not only due to low salaries but also to a lack of teaching aids and a stifling curriculum.
“This wonderful profession today is synonymous with an overabundance of administrative work, unpaid overtime and ideologically driven textbooks,” LMP’S co-leader, Máté Kanász-Nagy, said.
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