Hungarian government does not consider all schools to have heating

According to the Orban government, if temperatures in classrooms and team rooms reach 20 degrees Celsius in winter, no additional heating is required.

Duke Laszlo Kisfaldi, deputy secretary of education, said there was no need for additional heating in winter when temperatures in classrooms reached 20 degrees Celsius. He wrote it in a reply letter to Istvan Teni, who contacted the Ministry of the Interior, which is responsible for public education. After it emerged that the ministry had instructed school districts to evaluate the feasibility of switching from gas to wood in schools and purchase stoves. as we also reported.

Tenyi’s letter and its reply

In his public interest announcement, Sent to NepuzavaTényi wondered how far the classrooms should be heated above the minimum level (20 degrees Celsius required by law) due to high energy prices.

According to the Undersecretary for Education, this is the minimum level set by government decrees on the operation of educational institutions, so “no additional heating is required after reaching a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius”.

This correspondence is noteworthy. Because another law, Ministerial Decree on Minimum Level of Occupational Health and Safety Requirements in the Workplace, already sets the temperature for mental work in the cold season at 20-22 degrees Celsius.

Is the lowest temperature really the optimum temperature?

According to Erzsébet Nagy, a member of the Democratic Trade Union of Teachers (PDSZ), government decrees for the operation of schools and kindergartens do in fact stipulate a minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius in winter, but this limits facilities. It doesn’t mean you can heat it. to the maximum of this temperature.

It just means that if the temperature falls below this and remains so for at least two days, an interim break must be ordered. Campaigners say it is “cynical and malicious” for the deputy secretary of state to imagine the minimum as the best.

Erzsébet Nagy said it is almost certain that more institutions will switch to online education in the winter if the government wants to save money on heating schools and kindergartens.

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