Deteriorating indicators in Hungarian education
Jobbik is astounded to see that while the education systems of most EU member states have set out on a stable course of development due to the comprehensive reforms in all analyzed areas and the significant additional funds, Hungary is once again on the dunce’s seat in Europe. Throughout its two terms in office, the Orbán government has failed to launch the pressing education reforms and to reinforce the education sector through the additional funds, so the assigned strategic target areas show a marked degradation instead of improvement. While the rate of school dropouts was 11.4 per cent in 2014, this figure has risen to 12.5 per cent by 2017. The proportion of college graduates shows an even steeper decline from 34.1 per cent in 2014 to 32.1 per cent in 2017.
European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics has recently presented the Y2018 issue of the Education and Training Monitor, which evaluates the education sectors of EU member states based on a complex system of references and exact indicators. Adopted by the European Council at the EU Summit of March 2010, the “Europe 2020” programme set two major strategic goals concerning the member states’ education policies: to increase the rate of college graduates to 40 percent and to reduce the proportion of school dropouts to 10 per cent. As far as the rate of college graduates was concerned, Hungary made a commitment to raise it to 34 per cent by 2020. However, the gap is further widened by Fidesz’ policy which leads to higher education increasingly becoming a privilege for the rich while many talented Hungarian youth cannot even begin their higher education studies and there’s a massive outflow of college graduates from the country as well. Public education is in a devastated state, too. Beside the wages of teachers, the other major problem in Hungary’s public education is the unjustified overload on children, which serves neither to increase their knowledge nor to develop their skills. The above is clearly proven by the outcome of the PISA test, which shows more and more saddening results regarding such issues as the Hungarian students’ problem-solving skills, teacher-student relations and the failure to eliminate social differences.
It is easy to see that today’s Hungarian education system, from primary to higher education, is in sore need of renewal and comprehensive reforms. Jobbik Movement for a Better Hungary aims to ensure that our youth, who study in our education system, could be provided a knowledge meeting 21st-century challenges, by educators, teachers and college professors financially and socially appreciated at a European level. Instead of lagging behind and being isolated, we should become Europe’s key cultural nation again!
MP and head of Jobbik’s education cabinet Dr. Koloman Brenner