MISKOLC, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of teachers, students and parents in several cities in Hungary are protesting against the government's centralization of the education system and the increasing overburdening of pupils and educators.
A torch-lit march under steady rain in the eastern city of Miskolc on Wednesday was also attended by trade unions demonstrating against Prime Minister Viktor Orban's policies of increasing direct state control over ever more aspects of Hungarian life.
Protesters said the current system is taxing students with superfluous, mandatory content and increasing teachers' administrative duties, favoring factual knowledge over "real learning."
History teacher Magdolna Nagy said she wanted "to talk with the children and educate them, not just teach them. The future of our children and of Hungary is at risk."