A guest on pro-government news station Hír TV on Tuesday evening was high school history teacher Gergely Czuczor, who also happens to be a Fidesz local municipal representative as well as Fidesz president of the Budapest suburb of Budaörs, reports 444.hu. Czuczor sharply criticized recent demonstrations in support of teachers, describing them as political mockery.
While the teacher and Fidesz politician thinks it is legitimate for teachers to demand higher salaries, he believes the timing of the protests is wrong. And Czuczor also disputed protestors’ claims that the lack of teachers is related to the low wages in the profession.
Czuczor acknowledged that reforms were needed, but he thinks priority should rather be given to soldiers and the police, who they are fighting for the country’s sovereignty. He said that the left was making a political issue out of education in Hungary, and that teacher unions were silent during the left-wing Gyurcsány government.
The history teacher also felt it necessary to bring up the latest government talking points, claiming that “all of Hungarian society is seriously affected by the various problems resulting from the mistaken sanctions policy,” and that now is the time to stick together instead of causing divisions.
The Hír TV guest mentioned that Minister Gergely Gulyás called raising teacher salaries a strategic priority for the government, and that there was an “exhilaratingly large number” in Minister Tibor Navracsics’ promise to increase wages. [HVG]