As Hungary struggles to integrate its large Roma minority, a relic from the communist-era education system continues to place disproportionate numbers of Roma children in schools for pupils with learning disabilities.
At the state-run Petofi school in Gyongyos, 80 kilometres (50 miles) east of Budapest, most of the children aged from five to 18 appear to be Roma.
They can be seen happily singing songs and drawing pictures, and few have any visible disability.
The school’s director Eva Katalin Darudit refuses to be drawn on how many of them are Roma, telling AFP it is against the law to “categorise the children by ethnicity”.
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