LMP urges pay hike for teachers

DK calls for restoring respect to teaching profession

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) will be determined to restore respect to the teaching profession if the party enters government next year, DK's prime ministerial candidate said on Tuesday.

Klara Dobrev told a press conference on Facebook that she had held consultations with teachers association representatives earlier in the day and it was agreed that the transformation of education should begin with a wage increase for teachers.

New teachers in Romania earn 80 euros more a month than in Hungary, she said, adding that DK would “put in order” teachers’ wages over a five-year period, and adjust their increase also to minimum wage increases.

DK would restore the public servant status to teachers, pay proper overtime fees to them and change the “current humiliating classification system” in the profession, she said.

DK lawmaker Gergely Arato said the party wanted a government that would also address problems faced by teachers, including a staff shortage.

Ruling Fidesz said in reaction that the left was being “hypocritical” on education. The party said in a statement that thousands of teachers had “ended up on the street” during DK leader Ferenc Gyurcsany’s tenure as prime minister between 2004 and 2009.

“Gyurcsany and his party always try to swing teachers around on a string during election campaigns, but when they were in government they casually closed hundreds of schools, put thousands of teachers on the street and made them work for humiliatingly low wages,” Fidesz said. “The left is still led by the same Gyurcsany who held teachers in contempt while he was in government.”

LMP urges pay hike for teachers

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 on 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.

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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