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The only way to alleviate Hungary’s shortage of teachers is by offering teachers competitive wages, opposition LMP said on Tuesday.

Addressing an online press conference at the start of the school year, lawmaker Krisztina Hohn said that even though the state provides students with free textbooks, parents were still struggling to cover the costs of getting their children ready for the new school year.

Experienced Teachers' Salaries at Same Level as Minimum Wage of Skilled Workers
Experienced Teachers' Salaries at Same Level as Minimum Wage of Skilled Workers

The wages of teachers in Hungary are so low that the basic salary of those working in the sector with 3-5 years of professional experience does not exceed the level of payment of the monthly minimum wage for skilled workers. Economic news site Portfolio created a summary about the evolution of teacher salaries over the […]Continue reading

Though family allowances were disbursed early this month to help families get ready for the new school year, the best solution would have been to give families an extra month’s allowance, she said.

Hohn also called on the government to equip schools with the digital tools they would need should they need to switch back to online classes due to another wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

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