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Teachers’ union demands compensation for schools to offset growing energy costs

Teachers' union PSZ on Wednesday demanded the government compensate schools for growing energy costs and ensure schools are heated to the legal minimum of 20 C.

The government should guarantee funding for schools’ energy costs so that they will be able to pay “skyrocketing utility prices,” PSZ said in a statement.

When Gergely Gulyas, the prime minister’s chief of staff, announced that public buildings would only be heated to 18 C. to cut energy consumption, he was unclear whether schools would be exempted, PSZ insisted. Since the government decree on public educational institutes says they should be heated to at least 20 C, that measure “should under no circumstances” refer to schools, the statement said.

PSZ also demanded that the government raise the family allowance to compensate all families raising children for higher food prices, rather than restricting the measure to those raising three or more children.

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