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Interior ministry publishes education bill on website

The interior ministry has published the draft legislation on public education on its website to enable further consultation with professional organisations and the public.

The government and advocacy groups have agreed on the schedule of the consultation, the ministry said in a statement late on Thursday.

The government raised teachers’ wages by 10 percent from January, but will bump them up to 21 percent retroactively “as soon as Hungary receives the European Union funding it is entitled to”, the statement said. Wages may increase by 25 percent in 2024 and by up to 30 percent in 2025, compared with 2021 levels, it said.

Teachers’ wages may reach 80 percent of the average wage of degree holders by 2025, it said.

Regarding further issues in public education, the ministry took the results of last year’s National Consultation public survey into consideration when drafting the bill, the statement said. Teachers working in disadvantaged regions or with children struggling with multiple disadvantages will have higher raises, it said. Performance will also be a factor.

The bill would also simplify teachers’ progress in the wage system, the statement said.

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