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Back to school

Monday, September 10th, 2018

A pro-government commentator criticizes liberal education norms that put individual liberty first. A liberal teacher accuses the government of ignoring the needs of poor children. READ MORE

Dispute over gender studies

Monday, August 13th, 2018

As the government proposes to cancel the accreditation of gender studies university degree programs, left-wing and liberal pundits accuse it of ideologically driven interference in higher education. Conservative commentators are divided on the proposed ban. READ MORE

High school students demonstrate for education reforms

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

A student in the leading pro-government daily claims that high school students who demand the reform of the education system have no credible ideas and serve the interest of the opposition parties. A left-wing columnist, on the other hand, finds the students’ demands legitimate and reasonable. READ MORE

Hungary blocks Ukraine’s NATO integration

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Magyar Nemzet agrees with the government’s assessment that the recently adopted Ukrainian education act severely curbs education in minority languages, but finds it misplaced for Hungary to be a lonely protester against embattled Ukraine. READ MORE

A proposal to solve the row over the Ukrainian law on public education

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

A researcher on international law believes Hungary should give the majority of Ukrainian politicians the benefit of the doubt, and negotiate an amendment to their new law which violates the right of minorities to be taught in their mother tongue in the public school system. READ MORE

Jobbik MP suggests suffrage based on educational achievement

Monday, August 7th, 2017

After a prominent Jobbik MP suggested that people who have not completed eight years of basic schooling should not be allowed to vote, commentators agree that the proposal is out of touch with modern times, but might be revealing about just how far Jobbik’s move to the centre has gone. READ MORE

Debate on ‘Taygetos Act’

Friday, June 9th, 2017

As the left-wing opposition accuses the government of educational eugenics, commentators sharply disagree on the meaning of a recent amendment to the Public Education Act.  READ MORE

Up to 4 per cent GDP growth predicted

Monday, March 13th, 2017

As experts forecast steady growth in the forthcoming two years, a conservative and a left-wing economist agree that in order to maintain fast growth, Hungary needs to improve competitiveness through investing more in education. READ MORE

Government to reform primary education

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

A conservative Roma rights activist welcomes the government’s proposal to introduce a mandatory pre-school year to help the integration of children from poor families. READ MORE

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