Is Getting into University a Piece of Cake in Hungary?
No More Advanced Level Exams
Alexandra Szentkirályi made a public announcement 28 July stating that from the fall semester of 2024 the university application system will be. THe changes will affect entry conditions as well as withdraw the requirement of completing a language exam to obtain a university diploma.
In another video, Culture and Innovation Minister János Csák explained the changes in detail. The government determined that higher educational entities can manage 100 points out of a maximum of 500 points. Thereupon, the general requirement of taking at least one advanced level be removed. Furthermore, the obligation to score at least 280/500 points to be accepted to any higher education program will be removed.
The new adjustments will affect the upcoming generations to a great extent. The devaluation of university certificates is already causing anxiety among the youth. With the application modifications, higher education can confirm an even lower standard for newcomers. In addition, the lack of pressure to learn a language will result in a significant decline in language learning, creating a setback for the next generation in the global setting.
As in the last couple of years, the budget management of many universities in Hungary has been given to a private organisation (KEKVA) which is highly influenced by the governmental party. In a report Átlátszó explained this “hidden privatisation” of FIDESZ; they analysed the movements and concluded that the political party secured its financial background even in the case of a change of regime in the coming years.
These actions of the governmental party pose the question of whether the application procedures of influenced universities could and/or would be set under their will. Fidesz essentially changed the rules of the game by taking educational institutions out of governmental control and indirectly placing them under their authority. This dynamic repeats itself in a pattern, concerning other public establishments — such as cultural conservatories, castles, and other associations — as well.
Edited by: Tom Culf
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