Council of Europe: Hungary: Experts raise alarm over authorities’ promotion of “benevolent segregation” of Roma school children


"A new expert report takes aim at Hungary’s education system for its “benevolent segregation” of Roma children.

Today’s report from the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, reveals that anti-Roma prejudice in schools is on the increase.

It states: “According to evidence collected by the authorities, segregation of Roma school children has become more widespread in recent years.

“Alarmingly, discrimination of Roma children has deepened, in particular as a result of the approach of “benevolent segregation” promoted by the authorities by which Roma children are expected to ‘catch up’ in separate Roma classes before their supposed inclusion in the mainstream education.”


See: Hungary: Experts raise alarm over authorities’ promotion of “benevolent segregation” of Roma school children (link)

And: Report: Fourth Opinion on Hungary adopted on 25 February 2016 (pdf) and Government reply (pdf)

 

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