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Krisztián Széll

The External Conditions of Teachers' Career in Hungary

Keywords: Teachers, Teacher Employment, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Workload, Social Prestige, Socioeconomic Background


The future, sustainability and competitiveness of economy and society are determined basically by the quality of education, which in turn is determined by the quality of the teachers in a society, and by their quality-based selection and development. Consequently, when determining education development priorities and education strategy programmes, special attention needs to be paid to teachers (who form the main pillar of the educational system) and to the main stages of their selection. The present study focuses on the external system of conditions, the factors that make teachers stay in the profession, as well as their labour market status. To deal with these issues, the study demonstrates the major changes in the number, composition, workload and working conditions of teachers, their employment status, wages and the social prestige of the teaching profession.

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