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OECD report puts Hungarian education on par with highest performers during pandemic, says ministry

The Hungarian education system provided high-quality services during the coronavirus pandemic, on par with the leading countries of the world, according to the OECD's Education at a Glance 2021 report, the human resources ministry said on Friday.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development published its report on the education system in member states on Thursday. The survey analyses the challenges and developments the sector faced until May this year.

The ministry said Hungary sought to curb the effects of the pandemic and to support lagging students by introducing digital equipment and content into the curriculum and by ensuring tutoring for vulnerable students when in-person teaching became possible. The measures were similar to those undertaken in “the most developed countries of the world”, the ministry said.

The report also noted Hungary’s targeted aid for the sector, such as continuing to provide school meals at a discount or for free during the pandemic, and allowances for teachers working to prevent dropouts in disadvantaged regions, the ministry said.

Hungary was one of the 18 countries offering a targeted inoculation campaign for teachers, the ministry said.

The report showed that the number of people aged 18-24 without a job and not attending school has grown almost everywhere during the pandemic. In Hungary, that growth was significantly smaller than the average, the ministry said. While the ratio of young people without a job or school has grown to 16.1 percent form 14.4 percent in OECD countries, Hungary saw a growth from 14.5 percent to 15 percent, the ministry said.

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