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Ministry officials, school, teacher representatives hold talks on public education

Interior ministry officials held talks with school and teachers' union representatives on public education on Friday, the ministry said.

The talks held at the ministry were attended by 373 staff members of state and church-run schools as well as one representative each from teachers’ unions, the ministry said in a statement.

The consultation was addressed by 17 headmasters and two teachers, twelve of them from Budapest and seven from outside the capital.

The meeting was also addressed by Bence Retvari, the parliamentary state secretary, Zoltan Maruzsa, the state secretary for public education, Sandor Brassoi, head of the Education Office, Gabriella Hajnal, head of the school operator Klebelsberg Centre, and Peter Horvath, head of the National Teacher Association.

The meeting ended with a speech from Interior Minister Sandor Pinter.

Those in attendance got the opportunity to submit questions in writing, most of which were answered on the spot by the minister. The remaining questions will be answered by the state secretariat for public education, the statement said.

The ministry said it will take what was said at the talks into consideration when formulating its proposals to develop public education.

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