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Teacher Union Calls for Independent Education Ministry

Hungary Today 2018.04.23.

Teachers’ trade union PDSZ called for the establishment of an independent education ministry as part of the new management structure of the next government.

Tamás Szűcs, who has been appointed PDSZ’s acting chairman after former chairman László Mendrey was recalled from his position, told a press conference that the union would pen a letter to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán asking him to scrap the Ministry of Human Resources. In line with past practices, every major sector – including education – should have its own ministry and a minister who is as qualified as possible in the given field, Szűcs said.

The human resources ministry said in response that it hoped that in the future it “would not only learn of PDSZ’s ideas on education from the street”. In a statement, the ministry said it had learned of PDSZ’s new chairman from the press, adding that the new leader had “chosen a street demonstration as his introduction”.



on the photo: Tamás Szűcs, acting chairman of Teachers’ trade union PDSZ at the demonstration; via Szigetváry Zsolt/ MTI