The finance minister said ahead of the new school year starting on September 1 that government funding for public education and family support has tripled since 2010.
Addressing the inauguration of a new school building in Budapest, Mihály Varga said that over the last ten years, government spending on public education had increased by 735 billion forints (EUR 2.1bn). Zoltán Maruzsa, the state secretary in charge of public education, said the government has recently spent 350 billion forints in state and European Union funds to upgrade schools in 900 locations around the country. Gabriella Hajnal, who heads KLIK, the public school operating body, said caring for special needs students would always be a priority. These students are best served in integrated classrooms where they feel most accepted, she said. Hajnal added that she hoped that the principles of the Gyermekek Háza (House of Children) school in the 2nd district, which provides integrated education for special-needs children, would also be embraced by other schools in the country.