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10,000 Teachers, Parents Protest Hungarian Budget Cuts

December 11, 1990

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ More than 10,000 teachers and parents on Monday stood in pouring rain in front of the Home Affairs Ministry to protest what they called inadequate budget allocations for 1991.

The rally was called by the Teachers’ Federation to underline widespread anxiety about how budget cutbacks may threaten the quality of teaching.

″The teachers are demonstrating for the children,″ Mrs. Istvan Szoelloesi, general secretary of the Federation, told the Hungarian news agency MTI.

She rejected charges that the teachers were only seeking pay raises.

″Teachers are only one component of teaching. But to keep kindergartens and schools open, you need heat and light, and in some places the money for these things will soon run out.″

Parliament on Tuesday is to begin debate on the 1991 budget. The draft budget calls for a $1.3 billion deficit.

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