The parents of Roma (Gypsy) children in a village in Hungary’s Northern Great Plain region were not informed of the opening of a new local public school, effectively shutting them out, online portal Index reported earlier this week.
While the national government runs the new Szászbereki Kolping Catholic Elementary School in Jászladány and attendance is free, only non-Roma parents were said to have been notified of the school’s opening.
The school’s exclusion of Roma students comes as officials of ruling party Fidesz are celebrating the transfer of schools from local institutions to the central government’s hands.
The Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok county village has a history of school segregation. In recent years, non-Roma students attended a local foundation school, while Roma children attended a state-run institution. In 2011, Hungary’s highest court ruled that education practices in Jászladány constitute segregation and must change.