Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has underlined how the government is continuously reforming vocational training.
In his opening address at the 16th festival for vocational schools in Budapest on Monday, the prime minister said that the number of vocational school applicants has been rising for years, and their academic performance was also improving. Six out of ten students choose vocational training after elementary school, with technical schools being the most popular type of school, PM Orbán told the opening of the Vocational Star Festival organised by the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MKIK). The introduction of dual vocational training has also proven useful, both for businesses and the country’s economic growth, the prime minister said. The rise in the number of applicants and the improving academic performances show that the new system has also worked out well for students and their families, he said. Those who want further training can acquire middle management skills alongside their vocational qualifications, PM Orbán said, adding that those who complete a five-year programme have an advantage if they choose higher education with a specialisation. Addressing students, PM Orbán said the key to success was curiosity, creativity, perseverance and cooperation. Though schools and the school system are often criticised in Hungarian public discourse, even though there are improvements to be made, they should not be underestimated, the prime minister said. Success by Hungarian students at home and in the international arena is a testament to Hungarian education, PM Orbán said, praising teachers for their support for students. The prime minister thanked the teachers, mentors and staff working in the vocational training system and wished students, their teachers and families the best of luck.