The government has announced that 10,500 teachers will receive a one-off bonus payment of HUF 500,000 (EUR 1,412) for their work helping pupils catch up in their studies in 400 disadvantaged localities.
Miklós Kásler, Human Resources Minister, said the health situation related to the coronavirus epidemic began to improve at the beginning of June, several pupils got the opportunity to catch up with the curriculum in form of individual online learning or in small study groups. But many pupils did not have the opportunity to follow suit.
Kásler said the government has decided to launch a program with a budget of more than HUF 6 billion to help the education of these children by supporting local teachers for their work. He added that the scheme is scheduled to conclude by Jan. 31 next year.
Commenting on the current COVID-19 situation in Hungary, Kásler said the number of active infections was rising in several neighboring countries, posing a threat that the virus may be imported. “We must maintain the state of preparedness, which means that the government will keep monitoring the circumstances of the epidemic and will be swift in implementing the necessary measures,” the minister said.
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