The Hungarian government has announced that some one million school children will receive free textbooks in Hungary.
János Lázár, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, said the textbooks will be available completely free of charge to pupils within the Hungarian school system.
Hungary will spend 12 billion HUF on textbooks, he said. He also indicated that the government will provide meals for needy children during the summer holiday.
More than 100,000 children will be able to go on holiday in the Erzsébet Camps, while within the framework of the Without Borders Programme 35,000 students will be able to travel to different regions of the Carpathian Basin, he added.
Earlier this year, the government announced that the price of textbooks had fallen and the government’s spending on children’s meals has been raised to 74 billion HUF.
The government has also raised tax breaks for families and will spend 400 billion HUF more on education next year than the Socialist-led government did in 2010.