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Berlin. The federal and state governments want to enable good teaching for all students during the corona pandemic and expand digital learning opportunities. However, after hours of talks on Thursday, the federal and state governments did not agree on specific measures on how this should work better in the future in the face of major problems at many schools.
learning platform on a laptop.An informal meeting of the federal and state governments on the situation at schools in the Corona crisis ended on Thursday evening even after hours of discussions without concrete results. There is agreement on the common goal of avoiding complete and area-wide closings of schools and daycare centers as far as possible, according to a statement afterwards. The great good of education should enjoy political and social priority even in times of the pandemic.
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The school summit went back to an appointment between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and SPD leader Saskia Esken (SPD). Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) also took part, as did the Education Ministers Stefanie Hubig (SPD, Rhineland-Palatinate and KMK President), Alexander Lorz (CDU, Hesse), Bettina Martin (SPD, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania), Ties Rabe ( SPD, Hamburg), Michael Piazolo (Free Voters, Bavaria), Christian Piwarz (CDU, Saxony) and Karin Prien (CDU, Schleswig-Holstein).
In her statement it was further said that the pandemic had given new urgency to the development of forms of digital learning. “The federal states face this task with great commitment and in close coordination with one another. The federal government and the federal states recognize digitization as a joint task. ”
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Although the federal states are actually responsible for education and schools, the federal government wanted to signal support beyond the digital pact that was already in force. With this program, the federal government freed up funds for better equipping schools with digital technology and given them to the federal states after a change in the constitution. The funds for this have so far only been sparse, partly because the schools have to present special concepts in order to get the money.
Esken said on Thursday before the interview that she did not want to lower the hurdles agreed in the digital pact. Rather, she wants to provide support so that the schools can overcome the hurdles. According to reports, no specific points were agreed on.
government spokesman Steffen Seibert had previously stated that there was something like an overall responsibility of the federal government for "how our country as a whole deals with the pandemic" - even if education and schools are a state matter and not all education ministers of the states are present at the meeting . That is why there are always such talks between the federal government and the states for good reason, said Seibert.
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Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) had asked the federal states before the meeting to equip all teachers with a laptop and the appropriate software by the end of the year if possible. An IT manager is also required for the schools. Brinkhaus said on Wednesday in the ARD that there was a great deal of commitment among teachers in the field of digitization. At the moment, however, most of them have to work with their private device. The President of the German Teachers' Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, had meanwhile demanded a financial bonus for particularly committed teachers in the Corona crisis.
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