High school students in Hungary rally for modern education

January 19, 2018

Participants hold posters during the "Demonstration for Education" protest at the parliament building in downtown Budapest, Hungary, Friday, January 19, 2018. Several thousand high school students in Hungary are holding a rally in demand of modern education system which prepares them for the challenges of the times without overburdening them. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Several thousand high school students in Hungary have held a rally outside the national parliament to demand improvements to their education system.

Many students held up signs with Facebook’s “angry” emojis, while others characterized Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s regime as a dictatorship.

With few exceptions, Orban has nationalized the school system and set tight controls on the publication of textbooks.

Student Andras Bognar told the crowd that “the education system turns us into anguished and indecisive adults with unfounded ideas.”

The protesters also demanded greater flexibility in education opportunities instead of cookie-cutter learning.

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