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JOBBIK CALLS FOR STAND-ALONE MINISTRIES FOR EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS

 

The opposition Jobbik party said on Thursday that education and cultural affairs should be hived off into two separate ministries. Koloman Brenner, the nationalist party’s deputy group leader, also decried the separation of research institutions from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) and the restructuring of universities. The future of the network of former MTA research institutions established from Sept. 1 was still “uncertain”, he told a press conference, adding that “several excellent young and mid-career researchers who make up the core of the domestic scientific world” were leaving the country. He said artificially dividing up education into separate vocational and public education silos would not work. “Every year the entire system of education is reorganised chaos ensues,” Brenner said, and also referred critically to reported plans to abolish faculties at Budapest’s Corvinus University.