Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) parliamentarian and undersecretary at the Ministry of Human Resources Bence Rétvári announced this morning that the national government’s centralized education authority, KLIK, will be completely disbanded during summer.
Rétvári’s startling announcement was made on ATV’s Start with Egon Rónai. The undersecretary said a new system would be worked out soon so that a completely new national education system – one that is less centralized as KLIK – could take over by September.
Over the past few months government leaders, including Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Minister for Human Resources Zoltán Balog, have repeatedly insisted that the government office responsible for maintaining and supplying Hungary’s public schools was here to stay. Unwillingness on the part of the government to consider disbanding KLIK was one of the main reasons the teachers unions refused to participate in roundtable discussions on educational reforms.
Hungarian teachers have been holding education reform demonstrations for the past few months and have been calling on the government to discard KLIK because of its poor management and the burdens it places on students and teachers.
Most recently, on March 15th, tens of thousands of Hungarians attended a demonstration on Kossuth Square to protest against the centralization of the national education system.
Rétvári himself admits there are problems.
“There are professional criticisms that we, too, acknowledge,” Rétvári said on Start.
Balog announced in early February that Judit Bertalan Czunyiné would be leaving her post as undersecretary for education and would be replaced by undersecretary for higher education László Palkovics.
Less than one month later it was announced that Gáborné Pölöskei (President János Áder’s younger sister) would take over the national government’s centrally-controlled education system.