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Teacher shortage exceeded 20,000 in 2020-21 school year, says union

Hungary's public education sector had a shortage of more than 20,000 teachers in the 2020-2021 school year, the head of teachers' union PSZ said on Monday, citing a study carried out by the organisation.

Counting all school staff directly assisting teachers, the labour shortage in the sector exceeded 34,000, Tamas Totyik told a press conference, adding that the study was based on data obtained from local reports of national competence tests, the Central Statistical Office and social security information.

Altogether, the public education sector is missing 34,618 workers, Totyik said, adding that this was a “conservative estimate”.

According to the study, the sector had a shortage of 20,587 teachers in the 2020-2021 school year.

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