Hungarian officials fear education system is ‘too feminine’

Hungary: Hungary’s State Audit Office has released a report on the dangers of an ‘overly feminine’ education system, warning that it can stunt boys’ development and lead to demographic problems.

The report was published last month, but did not receive widespread attention until a newspaper article appeared on Thursday.

The government agency, seen as close to nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, said the phenomenon known as “pink education” had many economic and social consequences.

The teaching profession in Hungary is dominated by women, as in many other countries, with 82% of all teachers being women.

The report concludes that “parity [of the sexes] would be considerably weakened” if education “promotes feminine traits” such as “emotional and social maturity” and “stimulates the overrepresentation of women in universities”.

It states that boys who are more likely to be adventurous and risk-taking should be allowed to grow up unrestricted to avoid developing “mental and behavioral problems”.

According to the report, children’s creativity and innovation are “essential for the best possible development of the economy”.

The State Audit Office has warned that “pink education” could eventually lead to “demographic issues” as educated women would not be able to find a life partner who is also educated, “which could lead to a decline in fertility.

André Toth, a member of the opposition party in Hungary, responded in a Facebook post, saying the idea of ​​male and female traits is “utter scientific nonsense”. “Now take off your 20th century glasses,” I said.

Since taking office in 2010, Viktor Orban has pushed for an “Orthodox revolution”, promoting nationalism and degrading immigrants. He also championed a controversial law that prohibits minors from viewing LGBTQ content.

Following a visit to Hungary in 2019, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights noted a “backsliding on women’s rights and gender equality”.

Hungary recently elected Katalin Novak as its first female president, but has only one female minister in government, putting her second to last in the European Union.

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