Everyone’s Hungary Movement, and the youth organizations of the opposition parties jointly protested on Sunday afternoon at the Prime Minister’s office in Buda Castle against the Völner-Schadl scandal concerning their alleged involvement with cheating on university exams.
As we previously reported, it turned out from the documents attained by 444, that György Schadl, the president of the branch of bailiffs, might have illegally helped several people pass their university exams – including a relative of former Deputy Justice Minister Pál Völner, and Cabinet Chief Minister Antal Rogán’s chief of staff. The universities concerned have ordered internal investigations.
Tens of thousands of university students are sitting up all night over their notes these weeks to pass their exams, to study, to get a good job, to earn a decent living. Because they think that is the way to get ahead, and yet here is a young man sitting next to the most powerful minister in the Orbán government, with a good salary, a big office, a secretariat, a company car, and he has not taken his university exams and yet he has passed them. He didn’t need to study, he didn’t need knowledge, he didn’t need diligence, and he still got more than most of his contemporaries. Why? Because he is a Fidesz privileged. That’s what he deserves. Because he owns the world. The world belongs to them. The privileged. The country is theirs,”
the opposition wrote in the description of the protest’s Facebook event.
The organizers said they do not want to live in such a country, they are learning to get ahead, not to “overtake the well-connected on the racetrack.” And to those who choose the party membership book instead of the textbook, they chided: “You may have cheated your way through the exam, but with us, you have failed.”
As the opposition candidate for prime minister, Péter Márki-Zay, has tested positive for coronavirus, he was quarantined at home, unable to attend the protest. Yet he still sent a message calling for the end of the age of double standards in Hungary, referring to a recent case of a Socialist MP.
Lying about a diploma is just as much a fraud as fraudulently obtaining a “Fidesz exam,” diploma, doctorate, or language exam. We must be fair because we promise to be more worthy of the responsibility of governance by asking for the trust of the electorate. As soon as it became known that one of the MSZP MPs was dirty, her party immediately disqualified her from standing in the elections and reclaimed her seat. Only this way, only a straightforward, consistent way, is the way up. Meanwhile, the Fidesz cheaters are still sitting in their seats, washing each other, untouchable,”
the politician wrote in a Facebook post. He also thanked “the youth organizations of the opposition parties for standing up today for students who are studying with integrity for their university exams.” Finally, he added, “On April 3, a world without consequences will end for Fidesz.”
Source: Magyar Hang
Featured image: People protesting with signs that say “unsatisfactory,” and “1,” both meaning a failed exam in Hungary. Photo via Katalin Lukácsi’s Facebook page