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Teachers’ Union Calls for Equal Distribution of Bonus Payments

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.08.27.

Hungarian teachers’ union (PSZ) on Thursday called on the government to ensure that all teachers helping disadvantaged students after coronavirus-related lockdowns will receive the bonus earmarked for those working in small localities.

Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler said on Wednesday that some 10,500 teachers will receive a one-off bonus payment of 500,000 forints (EUR 1,412) for their work in helping pupils catch up in their studies in 400 disadvantaged localities.

Over 10,000 Teachers to Receive HUF 500,000 Bonus
Over 10,000 Teachers to Receive HUF 500,000 Bonus

Some 10,500 teachers will receive a one-off bonus payment of 500,000 forints (EUR 1,412) for their work in helping pupils catch up in their studies in 400 disadvantaged localities, the human resources minister said on Wednesday. As the health situation related to the coronavirus epidemic began to improve at the beginning of June, several pupils […]Continue reading

The six-billion forint scheme leaves by the roadside the teachers providing the same help in towns and other localities. Such a measure would “cause further friction within the community of education professionals”, the union said.

PSZ sent a proposal to the government in January, urging a 25-50 percent permanent wage hike for teachers working with disabled or disadvantaged children, the statement noted. Due to the ageing of teachers in Hungary, schools are set to face a severe lack of workforce unless the profession’s prestige is lifted, it warned.

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