Roma in cash trap

11th July 2003 at 01:00
HUNGARY: Urgent action is needed to improve the lot of Roma children, according to education minister Balint Magyar. Over the past decade, subsidies have been increased for these children, defined as "socially handicapped" and so eligible for help. But problems arose because schools, in order to keep the subsidies, did not transfer Roma who made the grade to mainstream classes. Instead, they kept them on a simplified syllabus, that did not meet the requirements for secondary education, right through the eight-year elementary curriculum.

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