The issue of gender studies was not on the agenda of the government’s meeting, because there are much more important topics, a government source told ATV.hu on Monday.
Last week, Hungarian universities were given 24 hours to give their response to the plan of the Ministry of Human Capacities, according to which it will become impossible for new students to enrol in gender studies. As we reported before, Two universities are concerned: Hungary’s biggest state-funded university ELTE, and the Central European University, founded by George Soros. If the amendment becomes official, it will mean that nobody can attend gender studies courses in Hungary and get a degree in the subject. HVG.hu notes that CEU offers both Hungarian and American degrees, the amendment will not affect the latter.
The Ministry of Human Capacities told HVG.hu last Friday that there is absolutely no interest for gender studies graduates in the Hungarian job market. On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen told ATV.hu that „nobody wants to employ a genderologist, so no such course is necessary”. According to the politician, some things, like sex are biologically determinated, the concept of gender, as „social sex” is just as nonsense as talking about „social age”. He stressed that gender studies is an ideology.
It is up to academics to decide whether gender studies have a place in Hungary’s higher education, a leader of the opposition LMP party told a press conference on Monday. Mate Kanasz-Nagy, secretary of the national board, said that the government’s latest plan to ban gender courses “is another step in its war against science and education”. He said that while the government had narrowed access to free higher education, it also “imposed” government-appointed financial managers on colleges and universities so that “it can prevent any course or research citing financial reasons”.
Kanasz-Nagy also insisted that “no faculty has been banned for political reasons since the political regime change” of 1989. “It follows that from now on there is no autonomy, freedom, or rule of law in higher education”. Referring to the human resources ministry’s claims that young academics majoring in gender studies were not needed on the labour market, Kanasz-Nagy said that all graduates have found employment. Kanasz-Nagy added that his party would appeal to the ombudsman over the matter.
Source: Hungary Journal/MTI
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