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Tamási Primary School Teacher Promising Vaccinated Students Better Grades Sparks Outrage

Péter Cseresnyés 2021.09.07.

Several parents have made complaints against a biology teacher in the town of Tamási after he tried to separate students in the classroom who had been vaccinated against the coronavirus from those who had not. Later on, the educator of the local primary school promised better grades to those who had already received a Covid shot, Blikk reports.

According to the Hungarian tabloid, the biology teacher of the Würtz Ádám Primary School and Basic School of Arts told his unvaccinated students that they had to sit separately from their classmates in his classes on the back benches “so as not to cough on the others.”

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One parent told Blikk that the teacher kept making comments about unvaccinated pupils and later told the class that he would give those with an immunity certificate one grade higher. Some parents decided to report the teacher for this.

Blikk contacted the headmaster of the primary school about the incident, who said that he had since given his colleague a verbal warning. The head of the institution added that the biology teacher realized that what he had said could have caused misunderstanding or discontent and promised to clarify the situation with the students. The headmaster also stressed that he considered his colleague to be a good person and teacher.

Hungary was among the first European Union countries to make vaccination for the underaged available. The inoculation of registered 16-18 year-olds started in May, followed by 12-15 year-olds in June.

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Previously, István György, a state secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office who also heads the national vaccination working group, revealed that some 185,000 students have been inoculated against Covid-19 in Hungary over the summer, and another 50,000 registered for the government’s vaccination campaign in early September.

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