Jobbik calls on education state secy to resign over teachers’ pay

Budapest, October 6 (MTI) – Radical nationalist party Jobbik has called on the state secretary in charge of education to resign after the economy minister announced on Friday that the government would postpone a pay rise for teachers to January 2014 from September 2013.

Jobbik lawmaker Dora Duro said on Saturday that “another lie of [education state secretary] Rozsa Hoffman’s has come to light this week.”


“It has become clear that the government snubs teachers.”


Failing next September’s pay rise, teachers will actually see their pay packet shrink, since the new education law has upped mandatory teaching hours for the same wage.


Economy Minister Gyorgy Matolcsy announced a package of measures on Friday to improve Hungary’s fiscal balance by 397 billion forints (EUR 1.4bn) in 2013. Part of the package involves postponing the pay rise with savings of 73 billion forints planned. Hoffmann recently insisted that the government would press ahead with the pay hike.