The opposition Jobbik party has called the introduction of the new national curriculum (NAT) to be postponed so that all interested parties can consult properly on the issue.
Ideological debates “pitching Harry Potter against [Hungarian twentieth century author] Albert Wass will not solve the problem of a quarter of 15 year-olds in Hungary being functionally illiterate,” the rightist party’s deputy group leader, Koloman Brenner, told a press conference.
The debate should be about ways to provide everyone access to knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century, including the achievements of digitalisation and a robust foreign language education, he said.
Jobbik proposes that the government reduce the ratio of government-specified elements in NAT’s material from 80 percent to 70 percent, and tailor the optional content according to local traditions, he said.
He also called for a 40 percent wage hike for teachers.
Featured photo via Koloman Brenner’s Facebook page