As the holidays approach members of parliament will have a couple of months of respite from their legislative frenzy. One would think that the students would also stop their demonstrations. This morning I heard something about high school students taking a break and continuing their demonstrations only after the first of the year. But it seems that even such a short holiday from demonstrating is not going to happen.
The students are outraged because, as the afternoon headlines read, “Balog is lying.” Balogh certainly has not been straight with the students. Or, if one wants to be a tad more polite, one can say that Viktor Orbán employs communication tricks that are supposed to mislead the population. Except these students are smart. They seem to be smarter than the 1.2 million adults who still blindly follow the “dear leader.” It seems that those much maligned teachers did something right. After all, at least some of their students are articulate and surprisingly composed. I greatly admired a 17-year-old high school student who was a guest on Egyenes beszéd and who talked as if he were completely unaware that about half a million people were watching him throughout the world.
Yesterday all sorts of numbers were flying and no one knew exactly what they meant. How can it be that anyone who achieves the minimum number of points can automatically enter university with no tuition fee? The universities cannot offer an education to a practically limitless number of students. And who will pay for their education when the government is not allocating any more money for higher education than before? Surely there must be a catch.
There is. Today the Ministry of Human Resources made public the majors that will not be supported by the government. Anyone who would like to study these subjects will have to pay the full tuition fee. The list is long and includes the most popular majors: communication and media, international relations, andragogy, applied economics, human resources, economic theory, business management, commerce and marketing, finance and accounting, tourism and hotel management, international economics, and law.
Upon hearing the announcement, students gathered in the building housing the Faculty of Arts of ELTE. The students’ reaction was strongly worded. They expressed their outrage because Zoltán Balog two days ago had announced that there would be tuition-free education for all who met a prescribed academic threshold. But “he lied.” Despite earlier promises, the government reintroduced high tuition fees for a large number of students.
As a result the demonstrations are continuing. Let me share with you some of my favorite slogans from the student demonstrations.
Or this one:
And at last a wonderful 1-minute video taken by Ádám Csillag. The students keep repeating: “Viszlát Viktor, Viszlát Rózsa, mi vagyunk a jövő kulcsa!” (Bye-bye Viktor, bye-bye Rózsa, we are the key to the future!) At this point three babies held by their mothers appear in a window waving. The students immediately turn around and change the wording: “Szervusztok! Szervusztok! Ti vagytok a jövő!” (Hi, hi, you are the future!)
Really, Fidesz and Christian Democratic politicians want to teach these kids ethics?