BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hundreds of Hungarian university students are marching in Budapest to demand more funding for higher education and to protest government plans to drastically cut state scholarships.
The students blocked traffic on Petofi Bridge in south Budapest on Monday evening and marched toward Kossuth Square, where Parliament is located. Critics say the scholarship cut will affect mostly poorer students and drastically reduce access to higher education.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban's long-term plan is to make state universities fund themselves mostly from student tuition fees. Orban's government has also introduced contracts forcing students who accept state scholarships to work in Hungary for several years after they graduate.