Government planning to deploy guards at schools
Critics bemoan dispatching of "policemen" authorized to use physical force.
The government is planning to deploy school guards to prevent pupils from leaving during school hours and to keep unauthorised persons away, Népszava reports.
The guards would be authorised to use physical force.
They would be employed by government offices and would have to obey headmasters appointed by those offices.
Education undersecretary Zoltán Gloviczki told Magyar Nemzet that consultations are under way on introducing the new guards.
He stressed that the ministry can only agree with the initiative if schools in question put in a request for such a guard.
Sándor Keszei, head of the National Hungarian Parents Society, said it is outrageous that decision makers are mistrustful of children and want to deploy “policemen” to keep them inside the school.
Csaba Bene, head of the Nagykanizsa Technical School and College, said there is a great need for screening those who arrive and those who leave in the interest of protecting the school. A chip card entry system has been functioning at his school for eight years, he said.