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A conservative view on Hungary’s poor PISA performance

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

A conservative educational philosopher offers explanations for Hungary’s underperformance in the regular international competence test. He lists differences in educational traditions compared to western Europe, and the failure of efforts to improve education levels among the Roma, among the reasons. READ MORE

PISA test scores decline

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

A left-wing commentator accuses the government of purposefully impairing public education in Hungary in order to ‘produce obedient citizens’, while his right-wing counterpart thinks that politicising the debate on education makes proper discussion difficult. READ MORE

Exodus route deleted from school map

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

A conservative pundit pokes fun at the authorities who wiped Moses’ route to the Promised Land from school maps in order not to offend either Jewish or Palestinian Arab sensitivities. READ MORE

LMP proposes restricting rights of sex offenders

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Magyar Nemzet supports the LMP’s proposal to ban sex offenders from education and sports. READ MORE

A new round of teachers’ protests

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

As teachers organize a full day strike demanding education reforms and higher salaries, a pro-government and a left-wing commentator agree that it is unlikely that teachers will achieve their aims. READ MORE

March 15 Speeches

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Left-wing commentators lambast the Prime Minister for his anti-Brussels speech on the anniversary of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution, while their pro-government counterparts dismiss as absurd the demands put forward by the main speaker of a protest rally on the same day. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s state of the nation address

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Commenting on PM Orbán’s annual speech, conservative and pro-government columnists agree with the Prime Minister that the migration crisis is a grave threat to Europe and Hungary. Left-wing commentators, on the other hand, accuse Orbán of anti-EU policies and of ignoring the will of the Hungarians. READ MORE

Further repercussions of the teachers’ demonstration

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Commentators on both Left and Right ponder the broader implications of the teachers’ rally against the centralized education administration on Saturday. READ MORE

Zoltán Balog dismisses public education undersecretary

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

In a surprise move,the minister in charge of education fired his undersecretary, just days before she was to due to sit down for talks with protesting teachers. Magyar Nemzet and Népszabadság say this will not be enough to defuse the planned mass demonstrations. READ MORE

Teachers’ demos in eleven cities

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

A left-wing daily welcomes demonstrations initiated by the teachers of a Miskolc high school as an example of “the courage and autonomy of citizens”, while a right-wing webmagazine suggests that the teachers’ “legitimate protest movement” is being used by Soros-funded NGOs. READ MORE