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Conservative opposition Jobbik said on Friday that Hungary needs a reform in language training before holding a language certificate is introduced as a requirement for entering higher education. It is a reasonable expectation that degree-holders should have a language certificate, but the language skills that can be gained in the current public education system are not sufficient, Jobbik deputy group leader Gergely Farkas told a press conference.

Introducing such a requirement represents “financial discrimination” against children from families that cannot afford extra language classes, a language school or trips abroad, he added. Farkas welcomed Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s recent announcement to provide all Hungarian students a two-week language course abroad but said the real pledge to success would be more and better trained language teachers. The planned requirement of a successful language exam for entrants in higher education should be postponed by at least four years, he said. In recent years, around 45% of entrants and 55% of higher education students held a language certificate and these ratios are impossible to change within a year or two, he added.