Hungary's public education official replaced amid protests

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Hungary's state secretary of public education has been replaced amid growing discontent and protests by teachers, students and parents against the government's centralization of the school system.

Despite significant wage increases, educators say the reforms endorsed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban have led to overburdened students and increased bureaucracy and unfair performance evaluations for teachers.

The centralization process has also cut diversity among textbooks, and administrative controls often force schools to postpone simple repairs or go without basic elements like chalk.

Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog said Saturday that Judit Bertalan Czunyi would be reassigned to manage the development of digital content. She will be replaced by Laszlo Palkovics, who will also keep his job overseeing higher education.

Orban this week said reforms were heading "in the right direction."