Sep 27, 2019

Hungarian government pumps billions of forints into education and helping the homeless

Hungarian schoolchildren will receive free textbooks from next September and can attend foreign language courses. What's more, new places will be available at homeless shelters in Budapest.

The Hungarian government has decided to extend the opening hours of homeless shelters and create 130 additional places.

Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Gergely Gulyás said the government has also decided to close down nine subways for the night “for reasons of public sanitation” and “to ensure proper living conditions” for homeless people.

Gulyás said Budapest Mayor István Tarlós had been consulted when making those decisions. The measures will cost a total of HUF 2.1 billion (EUR 6.3m).

On another note, Gulyás said that at its last meeting, the cabinet had reviewed the state of Hungary’s education sector. He said the government was planning to ensure free textbooks for every child in primary and secondary schools from next September. He added that the program would cost a total of HUF 14 billion. 

Gulyás noted that starting this school year, secondary school students will get the chance to take part in two two-week foreign language courses abroad, adding that some 140,000 students were expected to attend the courses at the end of the year.

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