Budapest, April 14 (MTI) – Government plans to increase teachers’ working hours by 30 percent would result in thousands losing their jobs, the head of the Democratic Trade Union of Teachers told MTI on Thursday.
The proposal was prepared by the economy ministry without coordination with affected parties, said Laszlo Mendrey. He quoted a study prepared last year which showed that the average number of hours that teachers had to spend in class or preparing for class per week was 51 and added that it would be impossible to increase this any further.
According to the plan, teachers’ wages would remain unchanged, Mendrey said. He added that in contrast, the latest draft the trade union had heard of included a 10 percent decrease in working hours.
The government is expected to discuss the plans on April 20.
The positions of the Ministry of National Resources and the Economy Ministry differ on several issues, including the increase in teachers’ working hours.